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The Fashion Museum in Bath Opens with Shoephoria!

Following a year-long closure due to the pandemic, the Fashion Museum Bath is provisionally due to reopen on 18 May 2021 with a stunning new exhibition called Shoephoria!. 

Following a year-long closure due to the pandemic, the Fashion Museum Bath is provisionally due to reopen on 18 May 2021 with a stunning new exhibition called Shoephoria!.

Showcasing 350 pairs of boots and shoes, many drawn from the Fashion Museum’s world-class collection, alongside ‘star’ shoes borrowed for the exhibition, Shoephoria! will illustrate the evolution of shoe style over the last 300 years.

The exhibition will include shoes worn by iconic cultural figures including actors Noel Coward, Ginger Rogers and Margaret Lockwood; music hall star Fred Kitchen; ballerinas Margot Fonteyn and Alicia Markova; and Nicola Adams in Strictly Come Dancing 2020. Shoephoria! aims to present a new way of looking at footwear and its wearers in a show that demonstrates the creativity and style of shoemakers and wearers throughout history.

From the oldest shoes in the collection – a pair of red velvet mules from the 1690s – to sneakers and trainers from the 2000s; from shoes belonging to Queen Mary and Queen Victoria to designer shoes by Vivienne Westwood, Manolo Blahnik and Jimmy Choo, Shoephoria! offers a close-up look at the various styles that make up the history of footwear.

The most basic purpose of footwear is to help us to walk, and the main exhibition opens with the soles of Roman shoes found in archaeological excavations in Walcot Street in Bath. These are set alongside prostheses and trainers worn by modern-day Bath resident Harmonie-Rose Allen, who lost her limbs after contracting meningitis as a baby. The display follows her progress from Peppa Pig prosthetic limbs to her first blades – which are both leg and shoe in one.

The exhibition will look at the materials used in shoemaking, from hand-crafted shoes to modern manufacture. The Fashion Museum is pleased to work with PETA to showcase ‘vegan shoes’, different contemporary options to the traditional use of animal skins for fashion footwear. The exhibition will include a pair of bright red platform sandals by leading vegan shoe brand Beyond Skin, as worn by Miley Cyrus in a 2017 Cosmopolitan cover shoot, which are made of recycled plastic bottle tops.

The Fashion Museum is also honoured to work with Manolo Blahnik to present a selection of the famous shoemaker’s signature classics and footwear inspired by his passions, including gardens and Georgian Bath.

Please check the Fashion Museum website for the latest information Covid restrictions and opening times.

www.fashionmuseum.co.uk

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