It’s no secret I’m a shoeaholic, I profess it loud and proud. Therefore, it shouldn’t come as a surprise I was at the Bata Shoe Museum (BSM) on Wednesday (with high heels on) to attend its ‘Till 10 event showcasing the museum’s galleries and new fashion and celebrity exhibit, Fashion Afoot. An evening of footwear and cocktails… what a great mix!
There was a good turn out for ‘Till 10 and the BSM showcased a variety of fashionable shoes, such as a pair of Roger Vivier heels, Yves St. Laurent flats, and Manolo Blahnik stilettos. The galleries were full of people many of whom were first time attendees; you could tell by looking at their faces that they were fascinated with the shoes on display. The atmosphere was talkative and easygoing and the general age demographic of the crowd was between 20 to 35 years old, the type of people the museum aimed to bring in and hopes to build a new and returning audience on. I even saw Sonya Bata, BSM’s founding chairman and shoe queen, taking in the event and noticing the flow of people throughout the galleries – I was very tempted to introduce myself and ask for a picture.
In addition to Fashion Afoot, one of my other favourite exhibits seen that night is Chronicles of Riches which is a representation of the BSM’s storage vaults providing a ‘behind the scenes’ look at the rare artifacts held in its collection. Notable items on display were 18th century ivory padukas from India and a leather boot by Tasmanian artist Garry Greenwood.
(Images from Kimberly’s camera)