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The “Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe” Pittsburgh exhibit took place at the Frick Art Museum from July 13-Sept. 4.

“Killer Heels” explores the evolution of fashion in the heel industry over the course of time, which is also fashion’s most provocative accessory. The exhibit features heels from the 18th century until up to date shoe fashion.

During the time the “Killer Heels” display took over the Frick Art Museum, people from all over the city flocked to see this unique artistic expression of fashion.


Exhibit attendee Tilo Jordan said, “As a woman who holds a B.A. degree in fashion, this exhibit was a must see! Throughout the ages, the high-heeled shoe has gone through many shifts in style and symbolism. And heels are an important accessory to a woman’s wardrobe across the globe. I feel the exhibit did a fine job of taking us through the journey of high-heeled shoes.”


The exhibit highlighted heels from designers, such as Balenciaga, Manolo Blahnik, Chanel, Christian Dior, Fendi, Salvatore Ferragamo, Jean Paul Gaultier, Zaha Hadid, Iris van Herpen, X United Nude, Chrsitian Louboutin, Alexander McQueen, Prada and Roger Vivier.

Tickets were pre-sold for the museum and on many days the museum was sold out.

“I think the museum was really good. I truly enjoyed it. I liked seeing all the different heels from different era’s and learning more about different history and cultures,” exhibit attendee Patrice McKenzie said.


“And most importantly I appreciated seeing something like this in Pittsburgh.”

DeShawn Lewis said, “I’m currently a student in college studying fashion, and I made it a priority to come home during the holiday weekend to visit this exhibit. I made it here today on the final day, and I’m happy I made it. The exhibit touched on all styles of shoes from stilettos to wedges to platforms, and featuring nearly 150 historical and contemporary heels. This was the highlight of my weekend.”

The “Killer Heels” exhibit also included six different video pieces made by contemporary artist that creatively explored social, sexual, political and personal themes associated with high heels.


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