VIP Preview: V&A Shoes

Hands up if you love shoes! If not, what’s wrong with you? They make or break an outfit. You can have the best dress in the world, but it falls flat (or drags along the ground) without the right footwear.

London’s V&A museum has become somewhat of a fashion museum, attracting thousands of visitors to it’s Wedding Dresses exhibition and to the retrospective of Alexander McQueen, Savage Beauty. To complete the third goal in it’s hat-trick of popular attractions, is an exhibition all about shoes and the pleasure and pain they bring us.

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I attended the exhibition with Basia Briggs, who has more amazing shoes than I can count. For this event, she chose a pair of Irregular Choice boots, which perfectly complemented her white outfit. My pink wedges with gold lightening stripes are from Cleo B.

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The exhibition, which runs until January 2016, looks at the extremes of footwear from around the globe, presenting around 200 pairs of shoes ranging from a sandal decorated in pure gold leaf originating from ancient Egypt to the most elaborate designs by contemporary makers.

Basia and I admired some ancient men’s  leather boots that date back to the time of the English civil war. I was also drawn to some sky high Vivienne Westwood platforms. These are the ones that Naomi Campbell fell from during a fashion show and they adorn the front cover of a new calendar about shoes on sale in the V&A shop.

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Here are a few examples of what you can see:

Sophia Webster sandals

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Red ballet shoes

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Bird like sandals with real fathers – so fabulous! (These were made in the 1950s)

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Crazy sculptured shoes

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To see them all, get down to the exhibition! You can book tickets online now.

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Zoe Griffin

Editor In Chief

Editor In Chief at Live Like A VIP. Author, Journalist & Copywriter. Often found with a glass of Champagne in hand!

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