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Brooklyn Museum's 'Killer Heels' Curator Talks About the Shoe

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Though it remains to be seen whether this fall's iteration of New York Fashion Week will include a Brooklyn show yet again, the fashion elite will likely be in the borough for the September 10 opening of Killer Heels: The Art of the High Heel Shoe at the Brooklyn Museum.

"Heels are such evocative objects in the world of fashion and popular culture, so we thought it would be a great focal point," exhibit curator Lisa Small told WWD of why they wanted to feature the shoe.

She added that the shoe started out as a symbol of power for men ("just think about the famous portrait of Louis XIV in the red high heels") before becoming part of the women's wardrobe, and that they're still "polarizing" today. "We don't wear corsets. We don't wear bustles or crinolines, but we wear heels," Small pointed out.

But despite being a point of contention, they'll always be a part of fashion, she argued. "So many designers see it as a way to work out all kinds of things, from silhouette to embellishment and height. The possibilities are endless."
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