2 October, 2018
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Art, Fashion & Culture Combine at the “Shoes: Pleasure and Pain” Exhibition

2 October, 2018

Head to Pacific Place to take a peek at these legendary pairs of shoes and learn more about their history.

If you have an eye for art, fashion, history and culture, you won’t want to miss the “Shoes: Pleasure and Pain” exhibition. This month, Pacific Place and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, proudly present this critically-acclaimed exhibition, bringing a world-class cultural experience to Hong Kong. The exhibition explores how shoes have become a tool for transformation and symbol of status throughout the ages – from traditional 28.5cm tall qabqab from Egypt to the Vivienne Westwood platforms worn by Naomi Campbell when she stumbled on the catwalk in 1993.

You can expect over 140 legendary pairs on show, bringing to life the transformative power of style and necessity across the centuries. It’s an opportunity to check out unique museum pieces from as far back as the 1370s, never-before-seen masterpieces, celebrity footwear and the latest objects of desire by today’s most celebrated designers.

Shoes for bound feet, 1800–1900 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London  
Shoes for bound feet, 1800–1900 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

We don’t want to give away spoilers, but we thought you’d want to know about a couple of the highlights. The rumours are true, exhibit highlights include the Swarovski crystal Cinderella shoes from the most recent movie, David Beckham’s football boots, silver toe knob sandals for an Indian bride, a shoe drawing by Christian Louboutin and a terracotta sculpture from the first century (to name a few!).

Chopines, ca.1600 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Chopines, ca.1600 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Swire Properties prides itself in holding unique exciting exhibitions, so it’s no surprise to see Pacific Place partnering with Victoria & Albert Museum in London, the world’s leading museum of art and design to bring “Shoes: Pleasure and Pain” (Chinese title 鞋履:樂與苦展覽) to Asia for the very first time. And Pacific Place Hong Kong is the final stop of the Asia Debut Tour! This truly is world-class art, tied with irreplaceable traces of meaningful history. Whether you’re heading over as a quick stop, or looking to get involved in a guided tour, there’s plenty to keep you on your toes.

A pair of qabqab © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
A pair of qabqab © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

The exhibition tour guides visitors through the exhibition halls, explaining the thought-provoking stories behind significant pieces. You’ll find out about how different footwear choices reflect human and societal behaviours. Participants of the Guided Tour get a special-edition shoe pin souvenir, and the best bit? The tours are all free! It’s first-come-first-served, so register before spots fill up.

Pacific Place, Garden Court, Level LG1, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/PacificPlaceHK, www.instagram.com/pacificplacehk

More details on www.PPVAshoes.com

Featured image via Pacific Place

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