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Imagine walking into a room full of bejeweled Lanvins, sky-high Louboutins, sculptural McQueens and feathered Viviers.
You can--on 27th Street.
?Shoe Obsession,? the latest free exhibit from the Museum at F.I.T., explores the recent phenomenon that is the statement heel, displaying 150 of the most over-the-top and iconic pairs from the last decade. (Think: Prada?s flame wedges, Chanel?s handgun heels and Noritaka Tatehana?s heel-less platforms, made famous by Lady Gaga.)
Why only the last decade? Well, if you think about it, the turn of the millennium marked the rise of the ?It? shoe, thanks to (like it or not) Sex and the City. Ever since Carrie Bradshaw and Manolo Blahnik became household names, the fashion industry shifted its focus to the feet and opened its arms to a flood of extravagant designers like Nicholas Kirkwood, Pierre Hardy and the aforementioned Mr. Louboutin.
On average, women now own twice as many shoes as they did in the late ?90s, heel heights are at their highest and accessories are king. Ever notice yourself building outfits from the bottom up? This is why.
Through April 13; The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, Seventh Ave. at 27th St.; 212-217-4558 or fitnyc.edu
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