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SCAD FASH Exhibit Proves Shoes Were Never About Function

May 15, 2017

You can tell a lot about a person by their shoes. And, as it turns out, you can learn a lot about world history and culture by looking at shoes too.

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A new exhibit now open at the SCAD FASH Museum of Fashion + Film explores that very history and creativity with more than 200 pairs of shoes from ancient Egypt to contemporary Disney films.

But “Shoes: Pleasure and Pain” is not organized chronologically; instead, the shoes are curated by five themes: transformation, status, seduction, creation and obsession.

Looking back at the exhibit, it becomes clear that shoes were never really about function. According to Rafael Gomes, the museum's director of fashion exhibitions, “it was always connected to status.”

“Shoes: Pleasure and Pain” is open through Aug. 13.