Sunday, 12 June 2011

Vivienne Westwood Shoes ~ The Bowes Museum

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I feel very privelliged to have been able to attend a major fashion exhibition in the North East of England, usually I would have to travel many miles to view anything worthwhile. It is rare at this end of the country that we are ever home to such exhibitions but I am pleased to say that when they do land on our doorstep, they are generally of the highest quality. The Vivienne Westwood Exhibition at The Bowes Museum that I visited yesterday was no exception. An amazing retrospective displaying a collection of shoes ranging from 1973-2011, I felt totally in awe to view such a huge collection in one place from one of the most prolific designer's of this century. As you will see, it was very difficult to choose my favourites from the exhibition but here is a small selection. I enjoyed very much to see in person, some iconic shoes that I have only ever been able to admire from afar.

The exhibition runs until 10th July 2011 at The Bowes Museum, when it then travels on to Japan, New York and China. Wherever you are in the world, if you are a shoe lover, I would thoroughly recommend a visit.

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Thank you so much Sheila for arranging my visit.

46 comments:

  1. Wow, wow, wow!!! How fantastic! Such a shame it's so far from London. Those shoes are so fabulous and I couldn't choose a favourite one even if I tried! Have a lovely Sunday xo

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  2. Oh my gosh, wow. This post is incredible and full of so much inspiration - love it! That really must have been an amazing experience and opportunity.

    x Michelle | thefeatherden.net

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  3. WOWZA. no other words are necessary.

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  4. This looks amazing, and the photos capture the shoes so well. Very jealous!!

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  5. OMGosh, this exhibition looks amazing, so wish I could visit it! I really wanted to buy some of the winged wedges but never got round to it =(


    Bow Dream Nation xx

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  6. Wow it looks fab! Im going there tommorrow, I'm even more excited now :D xxx

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  7. Amazing post - I LOVE SHOES!!

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  8. Amazing! Looks like a great event. I'm always a great fan of Vivienne Westwood! Thanks for sharing :) Gorgeous shoes! X

    http://rosalindatj.blogspot.com

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  9. Wow, that looks amazing, so many gorgeous shoes!

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  10. I've told my boyfriend at least five times this weekend I want to go this, must try to find time in the next month...

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  11. Wow! Some incredible and absolutely outrageous shoes there! xx

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  12. these are amazing!! dave would love the guinness shoes!! I love the platform wooden block loafers :)xo

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  13. I am so jealous of you for getting to see this exhibition! I realise it's only fair that us Londoners understand what it feels like for the rest of the country every now and then but wow, I wish I could see it in real life!

    I'll just have to spend my time gazing at your photos instead.

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  14. WOW!!!!! amazing!
    meena x

    http://pinklemonsorbet.blogspot.com/

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  15. ..for some reason some pairs look really scary and remind me GaGa.
    Anyways - it is obviously a great exhibition - feeling kind of jealous that you had a possibility to see all this stuff!..

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  16. What a very beautiful blog you have!! I'm following! This post is stunning! Vivienne westwood is fantastic!

    Look my blog and if you like it, follow me!!

    www.sickbytrend.com

    xx

    sBt

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  17. Love the LV ones! She is really one of the kind!

    hugs and kisses by Mani.

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  18. Amazing pictures, thanks for sharing - I feel like I was there myself! :D x

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  19. Shoe heaven!
    I adore, well, them all actually.
    Wonderful photos p[aula
    x

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  20. Looked like a great exhibit; gorgeous shoes!

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  21. I would SO, SO, SO love to visit this exhibition as I have to confess to adoring Vivienne Westwood. Your post has just inspired me all the more to want to see the exhibition up close. One day - I tell myself - one day I'll get my hands on a pair of Weswood shoes!

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  22. Thank you for sharing her wonderful shoe collection with us. I bet it was amazing to see the huge collection in person! Which pair was your favorite? x

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  23. This has made me want a pair of Vivienne Westwood shoes even more!

    Maria xxx

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  24. Vivienne Westwood's shoes are so iconic, especially her pirate boots & rocking horse shoes. What a wonderful opportunity to get to see all of her finest footwear in one place! lovely photographs, thanks for sharing <3

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  25. Ahh those glittery boots are so amazing!

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  26. Oh WOW, this looks like heaven. I want to go! What an amazing exhibition, if only it were closer. I really don't think I'll make it oop North before it ends. But thank you for sharing your beautiful photographs.

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  27. Ahh these pictures made me ache for a shopping spree. Gorgeous!

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  28. I really want the last pair! I loved seeing all of these shoes when they were on display in Selfridges!

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  29. OMG those shoes are just amazing.. they are so darling...those picture make me want to approach them..

    loves

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  30. Beautiful, beautiful post. Truly a pleasure to read. Vicky x

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  31. wowww! i wanted to go to this but i couldnt make it!
    great photos!

    www.clothesmaiden.blogspot.com

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  32. Oh shoes.... Stunning.

    Don't know if I would want to attempt to walk in some of these mind, could spend more time on my bottom than on my feet!

    X x

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  33. Oh these iconic shapes! There are some I really covet... like the delicate striped one. What a great exhibition! xo

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  34. This looks amazing! I live (kind of) near The Bowes Museum and since reading this post have convinced my parents to take me and my sister to see this exhibition :)

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  35. Incredible pieces! Definitely more artworks than shoes I could personally wear (except for the oxfords and the less extravagant pumps). I do love those Heineken/Guinness shoes. I might have to take a train up north to see this!

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  36. thanks for the comments everyone!

    vintage reflection - i liked the green shoes with the cream tie & also the tamer red print heels too. but at the same time i could totally appreciate the wilder designs, to look at if not to wear.

    emily - you should definitely go!

    haute world - i agree, definite pieces of art

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  37. such an amazing and extraordinary pieces you've posted here <3
    http://yourstrulysimona.blogspot.com/
    -xoxo

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  38. Ohh, gosh that is very tempting despite the two hour and twenty minute drive to get there!

    What I can see from your photos is so massively tempting though, eek! Might just have to see if I can squeeze in a visit at the beginning of July.

    Hollie

    lipstick and balloons

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  39. This is an awesome post, especially since I could never get out there to witness the exhibit myself. Thanks so much for all of these awesome images :)

    Ripped Nylon

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  40. Oh my goodness those shoes are AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  41. how did you get to take pictures? when I went we were not allowed! they were really strict in the exhibition and were stopping people from taking any picks - did you have to buy the Bowes photo permit? nice blog btw :)

    xx Sarah
    http://gingerdolldreams.blogspot.com/

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  42. Sarah-Rebecca - thank you! I took photos by invitation/arrangement with the museum :-) it was amazing wasn't it!

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