Killer Heels exhibit slays ‘The Frick’ in Pittsburgh

By Megan Jones, Advertising Manager

There’s no denying that both men and women are enticed by high-heels. Whether you like to wear them or to stare at them, you can’t miss The Frick Art Museum’s summer exhibit, Killer Heels: The Art of The High-Heeled Shoe.

High-heels can be considered one of the most intriguing and provocative accessories in fashion. Killer Heels explores some of fashion’s most desirable foot wear, whether it’s being used as a fashion statement, fetish object, instrument of power, or outlet of artistic expression.

As you walk around the beautiful Frick Art and Historical Center in Pittsburgh, Pa., your vision is filled with stunning yet outrageously designed shoes. The exhibit starts off showing examples of the principal forms of high-heeled shoes including stilettos, wedges, and platforms from the 1600s to present day.

Killer Heels features a range of key designers like Tamar Areshidze, Brain Atwood, Fendi, Tom Ford, Pierre Hardy, Christian Louboutin, Prada, Walter Steiger, Iris Van Herpen, and Guiseppe Zanotti. The featured exhibit is home to nearly 150 historic and contemporary heels on loan from their designers or museums.

The high fashion exhibit explores six broad thematic sections. You’ll stumble upon ‘Revival and Reinterpretation’ first, which displays designers who regularly look back to the past for inspiration. Next, you’ll come across the section ‘Rising in the East,’ which includes work from artists who’s influence can be traced back to eastern civilizations, ancient Greeks, and Persia.

The next section is ‘Glamour and Fetish.’ It’s the home to intriguing and seductive high-heels that have qualities of enchantment, illusion, and even danger. The ‘Architecture’ section includes shoe designs that experiment with the placement, shape, and angel of the heel to provide stability and reduce breakage.

 In the ‘Metamorphosis’ section, you’ll witness the transformation of high-heels with designs that emphasize flux, transition, or hybrid forms . Last but not least, you’ll experience the ‘Spacewalk’ section, where you’ll see the 20th century connect with heels. The designs feature aerodynamic lines, transparent, metallic, or reflective surfaces, and a white or silver palette.

Whether you prefer your heels to be elegant, outrageous, sexy, scary, embroidered, studded, ruffled, carved, painted, glass, rubber, or wool; you can’t go wrong with the Killer Heels exhibit. Don’t miss it at The Frick Museum in Pittsburgh from June 11 through September 4.