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Première Vision Leather visitors urged to see Paris shoe exhibition

Event organiser Première Vision is one of the main sponsors of a footwear exhibition at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in central Paris.

Called ‘Marche et Démarche’, the exhibition will offer visitors a perspective on the history of footwear, with exhibits to explain how shoe design and manufacture take place.

The exhibition “questions the cultural significance of the shoe”, the museum said in the build-up to the start, while acknowledging that footwear is “an essential accessory in our daily lives”.

A study of one particular shoe from the museum’s collection gave rise to the theme. It is a shoe that belonged to Marie-Antoinette, queen at the time of the French Revolution in 1792, which is the year the shoe dates from. Measuring 21centimetres in length and five centimetres in width, researchers concluded that the shoes of aristocratic women in the eighteenth century were not made for walking.

‘Marche et Démarche’ opened on November 7 and will run until February 23, giving visitors to the next edition of Première Vision Paris (February 11-13) the chance to see it. The sponsors said ‘March et Démarche’ would have particular resonance with visitors to Première Vision Leather.

Image shows a pair of boots made in Paris around 1935, loaned from the Falbalas collection to the Musée des Arts Décoratifs for the new exhibition. Photo: Hughes Dubois.

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