Audacious, inspired, and open-minded are all fitting adjectives for Christian Louboutin’s accomplished career… Remarkably, the Parisian shoe designer has been creating sketches of his designs since he was 12 years old, the first of which was inspired by the architectural beauty of the Palais de la Porte Dorée. On February 25, 2020, in the very same place that inspired the young designer, an exhibition will open honoring the designer’s career and his larger-than-life imagination.
Following a path dreamed up by Olivier Gabet, curator of the exhibition and director of the Museum of Decorative Arts, visitors are invited to discover the inspirations behind the designer to whom we owe the iconic red sole. “Where ever I go, there is always a garden to see, or a museum, a church, a concert, some element of architectural design. The main tool I use to stay inspired is open-mindedness, I try to go where others won’t.” What to expect? A showcase of the designer’s most prized shoes, some from his personal collection, and a look at exclusive collaborations, some of which have never been shown before.
As a testament to Christian Louboutin’s dedication to craftsmanship, some of the pieces reveal exclusive stained glass creations by the Maison du Vitrail, silver Sevillian palanquin, and a cabaret carved in Bhutan. In addition, the exhibit will feature original collaborative projects between the designer and some of his favorite artists. These collaborations include projects with director and photographer David Lynch, the New Zealand multimedia artist Lisa Reihana, the English designer duo Whitaker Malem, the Spanish choreographer Blanca Li, the Pakistani artist Imran Qureshi, and a host of others…In short, this exhibition marks a new sense of excitement for the Palais de la Porte Dorée, it’s not to be missed under any circumstances… Stay tuned.