The 2008 Met Gala theme was “Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy”. I remember loving it, though honestly all I can recall at the moment is Naomi Watts in Thierry Mugler and this fantastic photo shoot for Vogue by Craig McDean featuring wonder poser Coco Rocha dressed as various fashion warriors. Dig Coco as a Nici Ricci clad Poison Ivy and a perfect Catwoman in a Dolce & Gabbana molded corset, Swarovski crystal studded mask, and Christian Louboutin for Rodarte spiked heels that will SLAY ALL. Marvel at Coco as Gaultier’s Little Mermaid, the fiercest Batman in Rick Owens cashmere, and an angelic retro glam Dawnstar in Dior Haute Couture.
Currently showing at the Brooklyn Museum, the exhibit “Killer Heels” explores the cultural history of the heeled shoe. No matter the perception, whether it be crippling, empowering, sculptural, fetishistic or intimidating, heels convey a powerful message, and continue to be an integral part of fashion. Contributions from designers like Brian Atwood, Zaha Hadid, Pierre Hardy, Iris van Herpen, Alexander McQueen, Vivienne Westwood and Christian Louboutin mix with the six films specially commissioned for the exhibition from Ghada Amer and Reza Farkhondeh, Zach Gold, Steven Klein, Nick Knight, Marilyn Minter, and Rashaad Newsome. A fully illustrated catalogue of the exhibit is available, and it’s a must-have.