About the Exhibition

Shoes: Pleasure and Pain is an exhibition organised by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London (V&A), which will run in 5 metropolises in Asia starting from September 2017. As the pioneering museum of arts and designs, V&A has a permanent collection of over 2.3 million objects that span over 5,000 years of human creativity. Its shoe collection is unrivalled, spanning the globe and over 2,000 years. The exhibition displays over 140 pairs of historically remarkable shoes, presented in 5 sections—Transformation, Status, Seduction, Creation, and Obsession, to explore the varied ways in which footwear choices are demonstrative of human and societal behaviour. Read press release