From 16th-century Venetian platforms to 21st-century Christian Louboutin stilettos, an exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum explores the cultural history of the high heel. Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe aims to uncover high-heeled shoes' associations with power, sex and fantasy.
The more than 160 historical and contemporary heels on display explore all forms the high-heeled shoe could possibly take to defy gravity. There are glamorous examples from design houses such as Manolo Blahnik, Chanel and Salvatore Ferragamo alongside designs that push – or puncture – the envelope from the likes of architect Zaha Hadid and iconoclast Vivienne Westwood.
The Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe exhibition is on display until 15 February 2015.