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{exhibitions} Showgirl Glamour: Louboutin

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A giant 3D hologram of a burlesque dancer greeted footwear-lovers at a playful London exhibition marking 20 years since celebrated French shoemaker Christian Louboutin first set up shop. The exhibition at London’s Design Museum features dozens of the Frenchman’s creations, many of them displayed on a 17-metre (56-foot) version of the famous scarlet sole that features every Louboutin shoe.

Lashings of glitter, ruffles and feathers reflect Louboutin’s life-long fascination with showgirls, as does an enormous hologram of a glittering stiletto that turns into the sashaying image of burlesque star Dita von Teese. “I was brought up in a very feminine environment,” Louboutin told a press conference to launch the 10-week exhibition. “I had three sisters, I had a father who was barely there.” As a result, the 49-year-old said, he grew up with “the biggest love and the biggest respect for women”. 

But he admitted that his famously towering heels were not designed with comfort in mind. “I am concerned by comfort and I know that it is important,” said Louboutin, clad in a simple brown and red checked jacket. “But I do not wish to have that evoked in my designs. The idea of someone saying ‘Oh my God, how comfortable it looks…’” He shudders. But recalling how Parisian showgirl friends would stuff their shoes with veal carpaccio to make them more comfortable, he conceded that “to suffer to be beautiful doesn’t work”. “It doesn’t give you a nice smile,” he said. “The aim with his stilettos is to make them “as comfortable as possible for that kind of shoe”. 

{Source AFP Relax News} 
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