Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Shoes: Pleasure and Pain At The Bowes Museum, Opening June 11th...

Hello lovelies!

You all know just how much I love the Bowes Museum, right?  Well, they've got an amazing exhibition opening soon for all of you shoe lovers out there.  That's right, the people at The Bowes Museum have landed another shoe-stopping spectacular (see what I did there?!) and the best part is, if you book before the end of April, there'll be no booking fee to pay! So hurry and get your tickets!

'Shoes: Pleasure and Pain' opens on Saturday 11th of June, and it's definitely worth a visit.  I know because I saw it at the V&A and it was out of this world! But after seeing the Vivienne Westwood Shoe Exhibition at The Bowes museum a few years ago, I think seeing it here will top my original viewing!  I've kindly been invited to visit and review the exhibition, but if you can't wait for my review, why don't you book your tickets now and see it for yourself?  I can't wait to see Cinderella's glass slipper!

You can read all about the exhibition in the museum's latest press release below (ticket links are included!)

Shoes: Pleasure and Pain
11 June until 9 October 2016

Powerful? Practical? Crippling? Comfy? - whatever your taste in footwear it’s certain to be reflected in The Bowes Museum’s major summer exhibition.

The Museum is the only UK venue outside London that will stage Shoes: Pleasure and Pain, organised by the V&A, which opens on 11 June 2016.

Taking the themes of transformation, status, seduction, creation and obsession, it features over 200 pairs of historic and contemporary men’s and women’s shoes by 70 named designers, alongside fantasy footwear such as the Swarovski crystal Cinderella slipper created for the 2015 Disney movie, and the ballet shoes made for Moira Shearer as she danced to her death in the 1948 tearjerker The Red Shoes.

The famous feathered Jimmy Choo’s created for Carrie Bradshaw will also be on display, as will the Adidas ‘Brooklyn’ football boots sported by David Beckham, and Kylie Minogue’s ‘Tail Light’ sandals.

However, there are shoes worn by unknown people which are just as spectacular, which affirm the agony and the ecstasy of footwear throughout 2,000 years of history. Take the tiny Chinese Lotus shoes at just 7½ cm (3”) long, made for bound feet, exquisitely decorated with silk and sequins, excruciatingly painful yet still being produced in the early 20th Century. Among other fashionable footwear were chopines – a type of platform shoe popular in continental Europe from the 15th to the 18th centuries. Originally used as a protective overshoe, their loftiness reflected the importance of the wearer; the higher the chopine the higher the status, with some reaching almost impossible heights.

The exhibition also includes a pair of leather and suede platform heeled sandals, c 1945-49, worn by Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, who was patron of The Bowes Museum Friends for 40 years until her death in 2002, made by the prestigious UK company Rayne of London. 

Here Design, whose client list includes the V&A, Fortnum & Mason and Nigella Lawson, have been drafted in to design the exhibition at The Bowes Museum.

“They are high end London designers, and we are working with them to produce what we believe will be a fabulous interpretation of this subject,” said the Museum’s Keeper of Fashion & Textiles, Joanna Hashagen.   

Shoes: Pleasure and Pain opens on Saturday 11 June and runs until Sunday 9 October. Tickets are on sale NOW via the Museum’s website at, where there is a direct line on the homepage and exhibitions page. They can also be purchased directly from ticketmaster at For those booking before the end of April the Museum will absorb the cost of the booking fee so there will be no additional charge to pay on top of the normal admission fee.

For images or further information about the exhibition contact Sheila Dixon, Media & PR Officer, The Bowes Museum, at or on 01833 694616.

Many thanks to Sheila Dixon at The Bowes Museum for sending me this information and inviting me to review it


1 comment

  1. I realize since My spouse and i found the idea with the V&A and yes it ended up being because of this entire world! Nevertheless immediately after discovering your Vivienne West wood Sneaker Event with the Bowes public quite a while previously, I do think discovering the idea below will certainly prime our initial seeing! We've kindly been recently asked to travel to along with assessment your event, nevertheless folks who wants loose time waiting for our assessment, you will want to e-book your current passes currently and pay attention to the idea by yourself? I am unable to delay to view Cinderella's wine glass slipper!


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