June 11 - September 4, 2016
Frick Art & Historical Center

Killer Heels explores fashion’s most provocative accessory. From 18th-century silk slippers to the glamorous stilettos on today’s runways and red carpets, the exhibition looks at the high-heeled shoe’s rich and varied history and its enduring place in our popular imagination. As fashion statement, fetish object, instrument of power, and outlet of artistic expression for both the designer and the wearer, throughout the ages the high-heeled shoe has gone through many shifts in style and symbolism.

Deadly sharp stilettos, architecturally inspired wedges and platforms, and a number of artfully crafted shoes that defy categorization are featured among the selection of nearly 150 historic and contemporary heels on loan from designers, the renowned Brooklyn Museum costume collection housed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Bata Shoe Museum, and others. 

Included among the many artists, designers, and fashion houses represented in Killer Heels are: Balenciaga, Manolo Blahnik, Chanel, Christian Dior, Fendi, Salvatore Ferragamo, Jean Paul Gaultier, Zaha Hadid, Iris van Herpen, X United Nude, Christian Louboutin, Alexander McQueen, Prada, and Roger Vivier.



Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe is organized by the Brooklyn Museum.


The Pittsburgh presentation is made possible through the generous support of UPMC Health Plan.
Additional support is provided by PNC.

Major exhibition program support is provided by the Richard King Mellon Foundation.

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