Friday, July 30, 2010

Celebrating Celebrity Shoes - Madonna

"When I used to show visitors these shoes during tours, everyone was very impressed that they were worn by Madonna. But what always surprised people was that underneath the shoe, connecting the sole to the heel was a metal reinforcment put there so that the shoes were strong enough for Madonna to perform in them. I think this says a lot about the apparently effortlessness image of glitz and glamour that celebrities project and the much grittier work involved in keeping that image alive."
Anne Cobban, Director of Development

Madonna's ability to maintain a cutting-edge image combined with her versatile musical style, has made her a superstar for over 20 years. A great admirer of the fashion designers Dolce&Gabbana, Madonna's wardrobe features many of their daring desidesigns, such as this platform shoe that she wore in the mid-1990's. These satin platform pumps have the word "Mo" written on the label in black ink.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Celebrating Celebrity Shoes

What can be more intimate or revealing than footwear? Not much. So it's no wonder that the Museum's semi-permanent celebrity exhibition, Star Turns, is extremely popular with visitors. Celebrities from all walks of life have left a footprint in our collection, and with the Toronto International Film Festival quickly approaching, the timing was perfect to ask the staff at the Bata Shoe Museum to select their favourite celebrity shoe and share some insight on why that shoe stands out to them

Starting tomorrow don't miss your chance to "step into" the Bata Shoe Museum and our celebrity collection!

Whose shoe do you think will be the first to take centre stage?

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Star Gazing at the BSM!

Welcome to the first blog entry by the staff of the Bata Shoe Museum! Here in Toronto we are gearing up for the annual Toronto International Film Festival which always sets the city on high celebrity alert! In celebration of this, we are going to be taking a look at some of the celebrity shoes in our collection which we display at various times in our "Star Turns" gallery. Over the next few weeks you'll see some of the favourite picks of our staff members and learn why they picked that particular shoe as a standout in our collection. Who'll make the cut and what's the story behind that particular shoe? Check back to find out!