Monday, July 19, 2010

Morris Museum: The Shoe ...must go on!

I was asked a month ago to visit by the Morris Museum to cover their amazing exhibit called The Shoe ...must go on. I must admit I was so excited to visit the museum and check out all the shoes but I didn't know what to expect. Well, they had shoes from all time periods, all styles, all genders, all jobs. It was great to see so many amazing shoes in one room! Since I can't show you everything I've narrowed down my favorites to show you!

First, the shoes that are showcased in the beginning of the exhibit, which deserve they're own box and focus. How gorgeous are they?! These shoes are made by Marina Dempster from Toronto. They are actually considered art, which they should be and they are called Immune. Marina used mixed media, bee wax, beads, yarn, recycled rabbit fur, porcupine quills, macaw & flamingo feathers which were all donated by the Toronto Zoo! But really...wouldn't you guys love to wear those around for a night? So eye catching and such a conversation starter!

So, these are Martha Washington's shoes! I'm in love with these, even if the color is gone and they look worn. Her feet were so small right? I love the applique in the front, so lady like, and the little tiny kitten heel is adorable.
These three in the front are all wedding shoes, which I would totally wear for my wedding now! I'm in love with the flower like applique on the front of the shoe, they remind me of ballet slippers which make them even prettier to me.
These were probably my favorite out of the whole exhibit, the ones on the left are from the 1950's and are made with the accent of blue leather designed to look like it's continuing from one shoe to the other, and the ones on the right are from the 1940s and are made of ecru lineon, decorated with brown leather dots (notice the scalloped edge! so cute and so perfect for the scallop summer trend!)
Of course the exhibit could not be without the iconic Salvatore Ferragamo flats with the bow that we see millions of bloggers wearing, I'm trying to get my hands on a navy pair right now actually! You can't go wrong with these classic gorgeous shoes.
These were all showcased for their heels, so many different types were around, including convertiable heels, interchangeable heels and all these pictured above.
Bloomingdales actually lent the museum a collection of designer heels which included these great (my favorite) Marc by Marc Jacob mouse flats!
There was a great section of boots from different eras, Go-Go included! But look at those fishnet stockings, you can't tell but those are actually boots! The foot part has a hard clear shoe in it! So crazy!!

And a special treat was at the end of the exhibit, these gorgeous shoes were made out of chocolate!

The museum was also filled with men's shoes, shoes worn for different sports, shoes worn for different jobs and so much more, if you are in the NJ area I would totally suggest visiting! I even walked out with a little treat for myself - their gift shop has wonderful collectables and books in it.

Thank you again Morristown Museum and Sue for contacting me! I had so much fun.
If anyone in the NJ area is interested in going visit here for details, the exhibit is running until the end of August, following is going to be another exhibit called Icons of Costume: Hollywood's Golden Era, which looks like it's going to be amazing as well!
lovelove, M.


Stacey Kay said...

Fun post! Brings me back to my little trip to the Salvatore Ferragamo museum in Florence. You should check that out if you're ever in Italy! This one is great with all the variety though!

Stacey Kay
"Runway Inspiration, Vintage Decoration"

Anonymous said...

That sounds/ looks like such a cool place! Now that's my kind of museum!! And speaking of shoes, I love your sandals.

Anonymous said...

How neat is that? I'm in love with those polka dot shoes!

Sherin said...

I am such a huge shoe fan. The exhibition looks really interesting. It must have been fun to ssee the history of shoes. I love those boots!

Justice Pirate said...

I need to go ther sometime. I have wanted to for years and never have gone there. It is not even far from me. Like half hour or so. I didn't know they had shoes in it!

Chloe Trayner said...

Wow what a great idea for an exhibition. Looks like such fun, love those chocolate shoes!

rebecca said...

Ahhh, I want the polka dot ones for myself!

CLE said...

Great post! I love shoes and I love museums and exhibitions so shoes in an exhibition is perfect ha!

Kat said...

i NEED to visit this museum, its look amazing!!!!!
and your outfit is lovely :D i like the patterns

Vans Trainers said...

I especially love the last photo! Stunning! Just became a follower of yours! Come visit me!

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