Christian Louboutin’s debut UK retrospective has recently been named the Design Museum’s all-time most popular exhibition, breaking all previous visitor figure records with an average attendance of 910 visitors per day! Having opened at the beginning of last month, the exhibition documents Louboutin’s lengthy, 20-year-long career and features his most iconic shoe styles – from eight-inch towering ballet pumps to the heels that appeared in Yves Saint Laurent’s final catwalk show. Situated on the South Bank of the River Thames, the retrospective celebrates Louboutin’s iconic, red-soled shoes and design inspiration, and features a three-dimensional holographic version of Dita Von Teese as the centrepiece.
The display is only open for another few weeks until it closes on July 9, but the museum is hosting late-night openings on the following dates to accommodate demand: Wednesday June 27, Friday June 29, Saturday June 30 until 9.45pm and Sumday July 1 until 8pm. The showcase has, to date, attracted 38,000 shoe fans – more than Manolo Blahnik in 2003 and Hussein Chalayan:From Fashion And Back in 2009, so it seems it will be well worth a visit!
Louboutin has said: “It’s been a real pleasure to see a lot of my ‘babies’ featured all together for the first time. It’s not only an entire collection of shoes that I saw there, but for me a huge collection of souvenirs, precious moments, and very rarely sorrows.”
“I am so thrilled at the overwhelming response to this exhibition,” said exhibition curator Donna Loveday. “With their instantly recognisable glossy red soles, Christian Louboutin’s shoes have become such an important part of the fashion landscape. Louboutin has built one of the most successful shoe brands in the world and this exhibition aims to give a deeper insight into the designer behind the famous shoes.”