Because everyone is talking so openly about sex these days, there should be no shame, in these pages, in discussing a few pairs of shoes.
Pretty in pink: Louboutin makes shoes that are notoriously sexy.
“Shoes are such little sex objects,” Valerie Steele, director of the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York, was saying as she pointed out the erotic attributes of an open-toe sandal—how it revealed a little crack of pinky cleavage—or a feathery Folies-Bergère pump with a peekaboo heel that she described in unprintable language. Grrr.
The shoes were by Christian Louboutin, the French designer whose styles are often recognizable by a signature design element, the carnal red sole. His work is, for the first time, the subject of a museum exhibition, which was curated by the graduate students of the fashion and textile studies programme at FIT. Much is made of the red soles, as the exhibition notes that Louboutin may have been responding to the colour of Andy Warhol’s poppy prints, an assistant’s red nail polish or the historical association of red heels with the aristocracy. Mostly, it was the glamour and eroticism associated with the colour.
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