Museo Internazionale della Calzatura – Vigevano – International Shoe Museum
The Museo Internazionale della Calzatura in Vigevano, northern Italy, is a public museum focused on the history of shoe and footwear.
The town of Vigevano and its province have indeed a long tradition in handicraft shoe-making, whose origins date back to the Middle Ages
Founded in the late 1940s, the museum is housed in the Sforza Castle of Vigevano, an imposing late 15th century fortress now converted into a cultural center.
In 2009, the museum has been enlarged and completely renovated after a design by Migliore+Servetto Architects.
Collection and permanent exhibition
Divided into eighteen thematic sections, the museum’s collection comprises about 400 shoes dating from the 15th century to the present.
Most significant pieces include the slippers of duchess Beatrice d’Este (one of the few remaining Renaissance age shoes); decorated shoes belonged to Pope Pius XI, Pope John XXIII, and Pope John Paul II; and pieces by Roger Henri Vivier, Louis Vuitton, Coco Chanel, André Courréges, Hubert De Givenchy, Christian Dior, Robert Clergerie, Maud Frizon, Christian Lacroix, Donna Karan, Marc Jacobs, Emilio Pucci, Paco Rabanne, Giorgio Armani, Salvatore Deodato, Isabel Castaner, Armando Pollini, Alexander Mc Queen, Azzedine Alaïa, Manolo Blahnik, Christian Louboutin, and Karl Lagerfeld, among others.
The permanent exhibition of the Museo della Calzatura comprises three main thematic galleries, an entrance space with a multimedia installation designed by creative agency Studio Azzurro and focused on Renaissance footwear, and a multimedia gallery which features a number of interactive installations presenting the history of ten emblematic shoes from the museum’s collection.
The museum also includes a “Shoe Style Fab Lab” aimed to design and fashion students who can design their shoes using dedicated 3D modeling and 2D drawing software, and prototype them through seven Fuse Filament 3D printers, CNC cutting machines, and professional sewing machines.
Permanent exhibition of the Shoe Museum of Vigevano, installation views
From the museum’s collection, Alexander McQueen, Mecano shoe, 2010
Christian Dior, red and yellow mule, 2000
Manolo Blahnik, Bandir mules, 2007-2008
Christian Louboutin, décolletée shoe, 2000
Karl Lagerfeld, sandal-shoe, 1990s
Cover image: the Sforza Castle of Vigevano, exterior view
All photos courtesy of Museo Internazionale della Calzatura Pietro Bartolini – Vigevano
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