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.