Air date: September 22, 2022
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Stuart Weitzman, American shoe designer and founder of the high-end international shoe brand, Stuart Weitzman, gained worldwide attention for the use of unconventional and unique materials like vinyl, cork, wallpaper, and gold. His shoe designs are sold in more than seventy countries worldwide.
The shoe business was a part of Weitzman’s family since Seymour Weitzman, his father who was also a shoemaker and had a company called Seymour Shoes, where Weitzman got his start designing footwear and later branched off to carry his legacy forward to create his own label.
Laura Turner Igo, Chief Curator at Michener Art Museum in Bucks County joined us on Thursday’s Smart Talk to discuss their upcoming exhibit, Walk This Way: Footwear from the Stuart Weitzman Collection of Historic Shoes that starts Saturday and goes through January 15th to honor Weitzman’s legacy and the history and significance that his shoes hold.
The exhibit, which Michener Art Museum adopted from The New York Historical Society, will present more than one hundred pairs of shoes from the private collection of Stuart Weitzman and Jane Gershon Weitzman. The museum also supplemented the exhibition with six pairs of shoes made by local designers from the Greater Philadelphia area and Bucks County. The exhibition will focus on the women who designed, manufactured, sold, and collected footwear, and explore how shoes have gone beyond their purpose to become representations of culture and expressions of complicated meanings of femininity, power, and aspiration.
Igo said, shoes help us to walk and navigate the world.
“We make choices when we choose the shoes that we want to wear and those choices tell us about who we are individually, culturally, and also, as the exhibition argues, tells us about history too,” said Igo.
She also said, she hopes people come to the exhibition to see the shoes and stay for the history.
For more information about the exhibition visit michenerartmuseum.org.