Calling all Cultural Seekers!
Kimpton Saint George and Bata Shoe Museum have partnered up to offer a fabulous package which includes two tickets to its newest exhibition WANT, an original display exploring the 1930s from economic crisis to Hollywood glam.
A powerful reflection on the turbulent decade, WANT explores several dramatic design changes seen in footwear fashion. During this time, want proliferated: want of employment, want of security, want of escape. The desires born from want drove an explosion of cultural creativity from film to fashion. Many of the most innovative shoe designs in the history of Western fashion were created during this decade of want.
See footwear by designers Salvatore Ferragamo, André Perugia and Steven Arpad and experience how each played with the architecture of footwear, creating uplifting platforms and wedges as well as futuristic novelty heels and revealing peep toes that reflected escapist Hollywood glamour and new conceptions of fashionable femininity.
Showcasing approximately 60 rare and exquisite 1930s artefacts and focusing on themes such as Novelty, Exoticism, The New Leisure, Objects of Desire, All That Glitters and Future Footwear, WANT takes visitors on a journey through the fashions of the time, the styles, colours and the materials used. Highpoints of the exhibition include the iconic Rainbow Platform by Ferragamo designed for Judy Garland in 1938; bold black and white leisure shoes worn by Hollywood actor Bela Lugosi; and a powerful timeline highlighting the highs and lows of the decade.
The exhibition includes artefacts from the Bata Shoe Museum’s permanent collection, as well as loans from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC, the Ferragamo Museum in Florence and a personal collection from Shoe Icons in Moscow.