Portraits of Shoes, Stories of Feet

It would be a shame to come from Imelidific Land and not see the history of shoes in this once-in-a-lifetime exhibit.

Portraits de chaussures-Histoires de pieds
Until June 20
Yuchengco Museum, RCBC Plaza, corners Ayala and
Senator Gil Puyat Avenues, Makati City
Mondays to Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Tel. 889-1234.

"Portraits de chaussures-Histoires de pieds," a remarkable exhibit showcasing an exceptional collection of 62 pairs of shoes dating from the 18th to the 21st centuries from the International Shoe Museum of Romans in France is at the Yuchengco museum until June 20. Curated by Yves Sabourin, the same French curator who came to Manila in 2006 to mount "Christian Lacroix Dialogues" at Ayala Museum, the exhibit makes Manila its first stop in the international tour bound for Thailand, South Korea, France, and Russia.
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Organized by the Alliance Française de Manille, Yuchengco Museum and the French Embassy in the Philippines, the exhibit also features outstanding local shoe creations by Filipino designers Lita Almario, Cesar Gaupo, Emi Jorge, Brian Tenorio, Ann Pamintuan, Maco Custodio, Joanna Litton, and Kermit Tesoro, and several pieces from the Marikina Shoe Museum. Filmmaker Kidlat Tahimik and German artist Hans Hangerer, with the support of Goethe Institut, created an installation composed of 180 pairs of shoes made by 42 woodcarvers from Baguio and its environs.

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Shoes from renowned French fashion houses such as Chanel, Christian Lacroix, Addidas, Marithé and François Girbaud, Repetto, and numerous others comprised the wide variety of distinctive shoes from around the world, from different époques, from old to modern, produced from various techniques and materials, linking diverse cultures and histories. In a corollary endeavor, Filipino sculptor Pete Jimenez will open "If the Shoe Fits" on May 28 (at the Water Dragon Gallery at the 2nd floor of the Yuchengco Museum), his take on shoes in which he plays with wooden shoe moulds and his favorite medium, scrap iron.

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