Christian Louboutin exhibition opening in Paris in 2020

It is no coincidence that the exhibition is being held at the Palais de la Porte Dorée, an Art Déco masterpiece that has been a special place for Christian Louboutin — who grew up in Paris’s 12th arrondissement, where the exhibition hall is located — since his childhood days. It is, moreover, in this exceptional place that the famous designer noticed a sign forbidding high-heeled shoes — something which inspired him much later when designing his Pigalle shoe.

Christian Louboutin’s many sources of inspiration — from travel and pop culture to dance, literature and cinema — will be celebrated during the exhibition’s five-month run. The show will feature a selection of pieces from his personal collection, as well as loans from public collections, and his legendary red-soled shoes, some of which have never before been on public display.

The exhibition, curated by Olivier Gabet — director of Paris’s Musée des Arts Décoratifs — will also showcase Christian Louboutin’s affection for craftsmanship and the creative professions, highlighting some of his exclusive collaborations, such as stained glass made with the Maison du Vitrail and a silver Sevillian palanquin.

Projects created in collaboration with artists close to the French shoe designer — including David Lynch, Lisa Reihana, Whitaker Malem, Blanca Li and Imran Qureshi — will also be on show.

“Christian Louboutin: L’Exposition” (provisional title) runs February 25 to July 26, 2020, at Palais de la Porte Dorée, Paris, France.

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