Saturday, May 16, 2015

500 years of French passion for shoes exhibition



It's May! And what I love about this month is the Le French May; a month of various interesting and exciting events or activities related to French culture.This year, one of my favourite exhibitions is the 500 years of French passion for shoes; which is currently taking place at Pacific Place until 24th May.This exhibition showcases the French shoe history 1500 until today.

Section 1:History step by step

part 1 e
woman's shoe in suede leather, laced and embroidered with Louis heel covered in leather, 1675-1700

part 1 d
woman's shoe in suede leather, with heel covered in smooth rust coloured leather with rhinestone buckle, 1675-1700

part 1 b
woman's kidskin shoes, straps with metal pearls with Louis heel, 1860 - Francois Pinet

Section 2: Fashion and Bootmakers

part 2 b
left: woman's poulaine type shoe in velvet, with crystals and pearls and a "guignol" heel (a name invented by Roger Vivier) 1987 - Roger Vivier
right: sonate model, silver metal fishnet and leather pump with comma heel, 1963 - Roger Vivier

part 2 c
left: pigalle - ring strass model, pump inlaid with crystal ring strass, 2012 - Christian Louboutin 
right: pigalace model, black pump in satin crepe satin lace, 2014 - Christian Louboutin

part 2 d
left: for Junko Shimada, cork platform shoes covered in braided raffia and coral suede, 2006 - Raymond Massaro
right: veriz model, Charles IX in straw and chocolate coloured lambskin, 2013 - Robert Clergerie

Section 3: Antique sandals

part 3 a
left: red felt cothume with embroidery covered with gold thread, leather sole, reproduction of a Roman emperor cothume made for the theatre, 1800-1825 
right: Eriko model, high cut, taupe nubuck zipped sandal, 2015

part 3 b
 left: woman's sandal in braided kidskin, 1997 - Stephane Kelian
right:braided raffia sandal with a wooden sole, 1940-1945 - Unic 

part 3 c
left: joueuse model, strapped platform vinyl sandal with 14 cm heel, 2014 - Ernest Chausseur 
right: steel model, black sandal with feathered strap, 2012 - Parallele 

Section 4: Fetish pumps

part 4 a
left: white satin embroidered pump, 1960 - Raymond Massaro by Rebe
right: French black satin pump with metal buckle, circa 1920

part 4 b
left: shoemaker in Cannes, pump in silver transparent horsehair and leather, embroidered with pearls and strass, 1965 - 1970 - Christian Pauvert for Pierre Bertrand 
right: black satin pump with strass buckle,, 1969 - Roger Vivier for Christian Dior 

part 4 c
left: anna model, pump in red velvet leather with a black toe, 2012 - Eugene Riconneaus
right: women's pump type shoe in red kidskin with stiletto heel covered in black kidskin, 1960 - Ernest

Section 5:Stage or dress ballet pumps

part 5 a
left: brocaded ballet slipper, lined with green satin, 1850 
right: ballet slipper in woven straw, lined with satin, 1830 - 1840

part 5 b
left: cendrillon model, red patent leather ballerina, 2012 - Repetto
right: zizi model, oxford white leather sole for men, 2012 - Repetto

part 5 c
left: dente model with bow, black and white Jackson, 2015 - Avril Gau
right: dentel model with bow, black patent lambskin, 2015 - Avril Gau

Section 6: Signature heels

part 6 a
left: pump in black patent leather with red platform and "leg" heel, 1991 - Raymond Massaro for Azzedine Alaia
right: haute-couture, created open gold lame ankle-boot with a hand carved arcyl heel, 1990 - 2000 - Raymond Massaro for Christopher Rouxel

part 6 d
"Piscasso" inspired sandal (1955) in red and beige kidskin and metal, manufactured around 1980 - Andre Perugia

part 6 e
woman's mule in black calfskin with a large curved metal band in the form of a half circle for the heel, 1997 - Robert Clergerie

Section 7: Boots on parade

part 7 b
left: boot with chevron upper, 2014 - Sartore
right: crack model, black and white with red metal piping, 2010 

part 7 c
woman's goatskin boot with Louis heel, 1930 - Julienne

part 7 d
ankle boots in black and gold guipure lace on a skin coloured satin background, 2008 - Raymond Massaro

Section 8: Shoes for men

part 8 a
left: reproduction of Pope Pie VI (1717-1799) mule in distressed red goatskin with gold lame ribbon laces and embroidered with gold thread, 1965 - Charles Jourdan
right: new platers model, derby in black patent with ribbon laces, 2013 - Christian Louboutin 

part 8 b
left: 180 model, in collaboration with Olympia Le Tan, blue liberty mocassin, 2014 - J.M. Weston
right: country club model, oxford in black patent leather and navy blue velvet, special order 2015 - J.M. Weston

part 8 c
modane model, chukka boot with punched gold calfskin toe, 2012 - Joseph Malinge Createur

Section 9: Industrial manufacturing

part 9 a

part 9 g
from right to left:
wooden men's shoe last in craving process
men's shoe pattern
men's shoe leather outside for Black stitching
men's shoe upper 

part 9 f
heel mockup, leather samples and plastic heel samples

part 9 e
from left to right: women's shoe last, women's red innersole

In this section, one can have a better understanding of shoes manufacturing, the processes involved and items used in making shoes. 

Indeed, this exhibition is for shoes lovers and fashionistas who want to explore and understand the (brief) history of French shoes. 

Hope you are enjoying a wonderful weekend, stay chic!

Sunday, May 10, 2015

outfit post: vintage floral full skirt

outfit 9 may a

outfit 9 may
the look: vintage top, vintage floral full skirt, thrifted belt, wedges

Outfit post is back (yay!), while wanderlust posts on Kyoto will be continued soon. May is here, which means summer is here! And also 'Le French May' in Hong Kong. There is a couple of exhibitions to my likings; one exhibition on shoes: 500 years on French passion for shoes and the other one is an exhibition on photos simply called French Kiss; a love letter to Paris (doesn't it sound romantic?) Stayed tune for posts on these exhibitions!

In the mean time, have a great weekend and stay chic!