In 1930, the MFA became the first American museum to separate its textile and fashion department from the decorative arts. Today, the department is at work expanding its assortment of footwear — Whitley says they want to build an encyclopedic collection that’s equally strong in contemporary shoes, like the gorgeous (and ridiculous) Miu Miu wedges made of red-patent leather, brass, and carved wood, and the patterned Vivienne Westwood pumps with six-inch heels in “Walk This Way.” Both pairs are as pretty to look at as they are excruciating to imagine wearing. Here, it’s a relief to see them encased behind glass instead of in a shoebox, even though they remind me of a cat stripped of its claws — overly domestic and dangerous to no one, but beguiling all the same.
: Museum And Gallery
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