Christian Louboutin The Exhibition(ist)
An exuberant self-portrait of Christian Louboutin and his myriad inspirations, this volume is an exclusive glimpse into the mind and soul of the man in the back of the shoes.
Perhaps probably the most influential luxury shoe designers of our time, Christian Louboutin’s signature high stilettos and lacquer-red soles have grow to be true cultural staples and fashion will have to-haves.
In this new volume the inimitable designer reveals the influences in the back of his shoes, drawing on his encyclopedic knowledge of objects and works of art. A journey into nearly thirty years of footwear design and excellence, readers uncover Louboutin’s vivid creative universe–filled with Amazonian bird feathers, Kachina dolls, crosses, masks, crowns, and the shoes they inspired. A true look into the master’s references, exquisite drawings and sketches of footwear juxtapose against works of art from international museum collections and one of the most designer’s cherished objects, which Louboutin in my view selected in tandem with Olivier Gabet, the director of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs. Surrealist photographs of Louboutin’s dazzling creations by Jean-Vincent Simonet bring electric, sensual style to the pages whilst a visceral dialogue between the designer and author Éric Reinhardt runs through this veritable Wunderkammer of a book. Published on the occasion of the Christian Louboutin Exhibition show on the Palais de la Porte Dorée in Paris (February 20- July 28, 2020), this exquisite piece of bookmaking offers a highly personal, vivid glimpse into the designer’s life and genius.
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