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High Heel Heaven

High Heel Heaven

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  • Sat 6 Oct ’18, 10:30am – 12:00pm


Soundings Theatre, Te Papa, 55 Cable Street, Wellington


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Public: $25.00
  • Member (Friends of Te Papa): $20.00
  • Student: $15.00

What do your shoes say about you? Before they became objects of desire, they had a history. From ancient times to the present day, shoes have worked with both cultural and practical purposes. Shoes are powerful things that allow us to move in and experience the physical and social world.

Footwear is blamed for a range of personal and social evils but nonetheless, women’s shoes become more and more extreme. Different shapes, colours and materials for men’s and women’s shoes today revolve primarily around the construction of gender difference… but was it always so?

Learn about shoes, power, mobility and history, from Renaissance platforms to shoes in fairytales, from boots for war to the cult of shoe designers.

Dr Peter McNeil is a world figure in fashion research and has worked globally between Australia, Sweden and Finland. Currently Distinguished Professor of Design History at University of Technology Sydney and Finland Distinguished Professor at Aalto University, he was Foundation Professor of Fashion Studies at Stockholm University for ten years.

He is an elected Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities and heads its ‘Arts’ Section. An award winning author and sought-after public speaker, he has published dozens of works on fashion including the bestselling Shoes (with G Riello 2006; 2011). Recent works include Luxury: A Rich History (with G Riello 2016) and Pretty Gentlemen: Macaroni Men and the Eighteenth-Century Fashion World (Yale, 2018).

His works have been translated into many languages including Chinese and Hebrew. He was main writer for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s touring exhibition Reigning Men: Fashion in Menswear 1715-2015, the largest show of men’s fashion ever assembled.

Ticket price includes 20% discount voucher for refreshments at Te Papa cafes, Levels 1 & 2 and free parking.

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