The Toronto Design Exchange announced today that will be hosting the Louboutin Retrospective exhibit that was most recently showcased at the London Design Museum.
The exhibit features items from Louboutin’s personal archives as well as the designer’s iconic shoes. While few details about the exhibit have been released it is expected that, as in London, the exhibit will focus on designer one offs and other rare Christian Louboutin designs.
View Slideshow: Iconic heels from Christian Louboutin
The French footwear designer is one of the most revered figures in the fashion industry. His shoes have graced the feet of A-list celebrities on red carpets around the world. The popularity of the high end heels has sparked a craze in knock-off Louboutins. Recently a shipment of twenty-thousand of these counterfeit shoes was confiscated coming into the United States from China.
Christian Louboutin is as famous for going after Chinese counterfeiters as he is for going after his fellow designers. This past year saw the resolution of a court case brought by Louboutin against Yves St. Laurent for that designer’s use of red soles on his shoes. The designer was most recently in the headlines for his collaboration with Disney to create an extremely limited edition glass slipper inspired shoe in honor of the release of the Blu-ray edition of “Cinderella.” There is some evidence that Christian Louboutin will continue his relationship with Disney and create more shoes for each of the animation giant’s famed princesses.
View Slideshow: Christian Louboutin’s Cinderella glass slipper
The Toronto Design Exchange, which is housed in the former Toronto Stock Exchange, is using the Louboutin exhibit to kick off their ambitious three year plan to increase visitors to the space. The London Design Exhibit reported over nine hundred visitors a day to the Louboutin exhibit when it was held there earlier this year. Fashion themed exhibits have become increasingly popular with museums. Savage Beauty, the Alexander McQueen retrospective, saw over half a million visitors in just three months during its time in New York City. The Denver Art Museum recently held a Yves Saint Laurent retrospective that it kicked off with a tribute fashion show featuring collections by “Project Runway” designers that were inspired by the life and work of YSL.
It is expected that the Louboutin Retrospective will run at the Toronto Design Exchange from June 21 and September 15, 2013. The Toronto Design Exchange is located at 234 Bay Street in Toronto, Ontario.
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