Air date: September 22, 2022
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Stuart Weitzman, American shoe designer and founder of the international high-end shoe brand Stuart Weitzman, gained worldwide attention through the use of unconventional and unique materials such as vinyl, cork, wallpaper and gold. His shoe designs are sold in more than seventy countries worldwide.
The shoe business has been a part of Weitzman’s family since Seymour Weitzman, his father, who was also a shoemaker and ran a company called Seymour Shoes, where Weitzman began designing shoes and later branched off to continue his legacy and start his own label .
Laura Turner Igo, chief curator at the Michener Art Museum in Bucks County, joined us on Thursday intelligent speaking to discuss their upcoming Walk This Way: Footwear from the Stuart Weitzman Collection of Historic Shoes exhibition, which begins Saturday and runs through January 15th to honor Weitzman’s legacy and the history and importance of his shoes.
The exhibit, inherited from the New York Historical Society by the Michener Art Museum, will feature more than a hundred pairs of shoes from the private collection of Stuart Weitzman and Jane Gershon Weitzman. The museum also complemented the exhibit with six pairs of shoes made by local designers from the greater Philadelphia area and Bucks County. Focusing on the women who designed, manufactured, sold and collected shoes, the exhibition explores how shoes have transcended their purpose to become representations of culture and expressions of complicated meanings of femininity, power and aspiration.
Igo said shoes help us walk and navigate the world.
“We make choices when we choose the shoes we want to wear, and those choices tell us who we are individually and culturally, and also, as the exhibition argues, tell us about history,” Igo said.
She also said she hopes people will come to the show to see the shoes and stay for the story.
Visit michenerartmuseum.org for more information about the exhibition.