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Toronto, Oct 12 (Canadian-Media): The Bata Shoe Museum (BSM) of Toronto, Ontario is excited to be the final and only North American venue to showcases the travelling exhibition Manolo Blahnik : The Art of Shoes running through Jan 9, 2019, media reports said.
Since the 1940’s, the creator of the collection, Sonja Bata's world business tours for shoes of every description, from the most ordinary to the most extraordinary have enabled her to build one of the world’s finest collections and North America’s foremost shoe museum with a wealth of fashion lore and historical information.
In 1979 Bata’s collection outgrew the available private storage space. The Bata family then decided to establish the Bata Shoe Museum Foundation with the main objective to operate an international centre for footwear research which houses the Bata Shoe Museum’s collection of over 13,000 shoes and related items.
Bata Museum Foundation. Image credit: Bata Museum
The underlying theme of the exhibition – that shoes are art – aligns perfectly with Blahnik’s own approach to creating footwear with inventiveness, artisanship, and elegance.
The style and function of over 4,500 years of history and a collection of 20th-century celebrity footwear in BSM is displayed in four galleries ranging from Chinese bound foot shoes and ancient Egyptian sandals to chestnut-crushing clogs and glamorous platforms.
Over the years, the Foundation has funded various field trips to collect and research footwear in areas with rapid changing traditions.. The studies have included North American indigenous cultures, circumpolar groups including Canadian Inuit, Siberia, Alaska and Greenland. Field studies have also taken place in Asia and Europe. These field studies have resulted in many academic publications for the Foundation, including but not limited to The Typology of Native Footwear, Our Boots: An Inuit Women’s Art, Feet and Footwear in Indian Culture, Our Boots: An Inuit Woman’s Art, Feet and Footwear in Indian Culture, and Spirit of Siberia: Traditional Native Life, Clothing and Footwear.
It was on May 6th, 1995 that the Bata Shoe Museum opened its doors at 327 Bloor Street West in downtown Toronto. The unique 39,000 square foot building, designed by Moriyama and Teshima Architects housing a world-class specialized museum, a major destination point for visitors and residents alike.