Showcasing 350 pairs of boots and shoes, many drawn from the Fashion Museum’s world-class collection, alongside ‘star’ shoes borrowed for the exhibition, Shoephoria! illustrates the evolution of shoe style over the last 300 years.
The exhibition includes shoes worn by iconic cultural figures including actors Noel Coward, Ginger Rogers and Margaret Lockwood; ballerinas Margot Fonteyn and Alicia Markova; and Nicola Adams in Strictly Come Dancing 2020. Shoephoria! aims to present a new way of looking at footwear and its wearers in a show that demonstrates the creativity and style of shoemakers and wearers throughout history.
From the oldest shoes in the collection – a pair of red velvet mules from the 1690s – to sneakers and trainers from the 2000s; from shoes belonging to Queen Mary and Queen Victoria to designer shoes by Vivienne Westwood, Manolo Blahnik and Jimmy Choo, Shoephoria! offers a close-up look at the various styles that make up the history of footwear.
Housed in the magnificent Assembly Rooms, the Fashion Museum Bath holds a world-class collection of contemporary and historic dress, from historic Georgian gowns to cutting-edge fashion from leading designers. The Fashion Museum’s collection is kept up to the minute with its annual Dress of the Year selection.
The Fashion Museum presents 100 ‘star’ objects form its collection in the headline exhibition A History of Fashion in 100 Objects. Taken together, these objects showcase a history of fashion from the 1600s to the present day.
The Fashion Museum shop sells a carefully chosen selection of gifts, fashion accessories and books.
If you have visited the Fashion Museum before, you may notice some procedures are slightly different to make your time a safe and enjoyable one.
Online booking to the Fashion Museum is essential. To find out more about Shoephoria!, visit the Fashion Museum Bath website.