christian-louboutin-design-museum.jpgUp for a bit of inspirational shoe-gazing? The Design Museum in London is playing host to some of the world's best-loved shoes from today, as hot on the heels of a VIP reception with Dita Von Teese, Sophie Dahl, Anya Hindmarch and the great man himself, Christian Louboutin's retrospective exhibition has begun, and is now open for public viewing...

A lavish celebration of the designer's iconic shoes, the exhibition explores not only the beautiful objects themselves, but the desires and obsessions that have fuelled Louboutin's creative process over the years. Part of the space re-creates his workshop, with actual pieces shipped over from Paris to better capture the mood. They include a giant trapeze bar, taken directly from the ceiling of his atelier:

As for the shoes: there's no doubt that these pieces were made to be looked at, and they are every bit at home on pedestals and glass plinths as they are on celebrity feet - if not significantly more so. This is the perfect way to see shoes that are in many respects, wearable works of art. Viewers will be led through 'every stage of the design journey', from sketchpad to shop shelf.

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Items on display include the intricately-beaded lace heels pictured above, alongside an array of other gorgeous items from the past 20 years of Louboutin's fashion reign. But expect to see much more than just heels here: the exhibition takes you right into the designer's most intimate places - including a 'fetish room' with its own special warning...

Information on booking can be found over at the Design Museum site

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