Marche et Démarche

Marche et Démarche

MARCHE ET DÉMARCHE, UNE HISTOIRE DE LA CHAUSSURE des Arts Décoratifs

Following the success of La Mécanique des dessous (2013) and Tenue correcte exigée! (2017), the Musée des Arts Décoratifs continues its exploration into the relationship between fashion and body with a third, and equally inspiring instalment, Marche et démarche, which looks at the form of the shoe. Curated by Dennis Bruna, with exhibition design by the architect and designer Eric Benqué, Marche et démarche will be on view from November 7th 2019 to March 22rd, 2020. The exhibition questions the cultural significance of the shoe, an essential accessory in our daily lives, and explores how the shoe was incorporated into different styles of walking from the Middle Ages to the present day, in both Western and non-European cultures. Marche et démarche will display approximately five-hundred objects, including shoes, paintings, objets d’art, photographs, films and advertisements from public and private collections, offering a unique perspective on how a quotidian object can translate from the ordinary to the extraordinary.

The subject of this exhibition arose from the study of one particular shoe within the museum’s collection, which belonged to Marie-Antoinette in 1792. Measuring just twenty-one centimetres in length and five centimetres in width, it seemed implausible that a thirty-seven-year old woman could have slipped her foot into such a tiny shoe. Research revealed that aristocratic women in the 18th century, and women of the haute bourgeoisie in the 19th century actually walked very little their restricted mobility was such that their shoes were in effect, not made for walking.

From 7th of November to the 22nd March at (link: https://madparis.fr/en/about-us/exhibitions/current-events-1322/musee-des-arts-decoratifs/marche-et-demarche/