SCAD FASH Museum of Fashion and Film debuted its newest exhibition, “Shoes: Pleasure and Pain,” with an opening reception April 13 for SCAD students, members and faculty.
The exhibition, organized by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, and coordinated by Alexandra Sachs, executive director of SCAD FASH and Atlanta exhibitions and Rafael Gomes, director of fashion exhibitions, is curated around five different themes: “Transformation,” “Status,” “Seduction,” “Creation” and “Obsession”. Through sketches, materials, illustrations and more than 200 different pairs of shoes, the exhibition explores the cultural significance and power of shoes throughout history. Guests to SCAD FASH can see shoes from a variety of times and styles, from Ancient Egyptian slippers to iconic red-soled Christian Louboutin pumps to contemporary designs fused with the technology of today.
Aja Diamond, a luxury and fashion management graduate student, applauded the overall aesthetic of the exhibition.
“It was hip, modern and a contemporary art exhibition that had a unique opening experience,” said Diamond.
Many students enjoyed the interactive qualities found throughout the exhibition, such as tactile displays, and they loved having their picture taken with a Polaroid camera to have as a keepsake for the night. Eva Kassel, a luxury and fashion management graduate student, said the exhibition was one of her favorites that she has seen at SCAD FASH.
“The exhibition was awesome,” said Kassel. “I really enjoyed looking at the different shoes, especially the crystal shoe.”
The exhibition is on view through Sunday, Aug. 13. Cost is free for museum members and all SCAD students, faculty and staff with a valid SCAD Card. The exhibition is open to the public with the the cost of museum admission.
For more information on the exhibition, visit www.scadfash.org.