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Pop-up shoe exhibition is just the right fit at London’s Royal Exchange

  • Date: 31 January 2014
  • Area: Midlands

The Royal Exchange in London has joined forces with Northampton Museum and Art Gallery to create ‘My Favourite Shoe’, a ground breaking exhibition showcasing leading shoe designers from the UK.

‘My Favourite Shoe’ explores how vintage shoes inspire and influence contemporary designers. The exhibition showcases some of the most exciting contemporary shoe brands and designers working in UK, including Harry’s of London, Pretty Ballerinas and Crocket and Jones.

Each designer has selected a favourite shoe from Northampton Museum and Art Gallery’s world famous shoe collection and paired it with one of their own shoe designs, illustrating the link between current shoe design and vintage designs.

The pop-up is part of a wider drive - dubbed The Cinderella Syndrome - to raise awareness of the Northampton shoe heritage collection and make it accessible to new audiences by taking items from the collection into non-museum venues.

It has been made possible with funding from our Designation development fund, which helps museums to improve their collections for the benefit of their audiences, improving enjoyment and understanding.

Sara Bailey, Relationship Manager, Museums, said: “This pop-up exhibition is a great way for audiences in London to find out more about Northampton’s shoemaking heritage. I love that the exhibition pairs the contemporary designs audiences see in shop windows with historical items to give an insight into the history of shoe design and production in the UK. ”

‘My Favourite Shoe’ will run from 10am-11pm everyday day from Monday 3 to Friday 7 February 2014.

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