16 June 2020 – 3 January 2021

Palais de la Porte Dorée

  • Guided tours

    - In French: every Saturday at 11am and 2pm, and Sundays at 4pm.
    - In English: every Sunday at 10:30 am.

    With the help of a guide, explore the teeming universe of Christian Louboutin, the facets of his imagination and his many references. Revealing his sources of inspiration and creative processes, the exhibition showcases Christian’s vision through some of the designer’s most precious works from his personal archive, as well as loans from public collections.

    Rates: full price 16 € /concession price 13 €.
    Duration: 1h30

    To reserve : reservation@palais-portedoree.fr

  • "Abracadabra , soulier !" workshop

    Sundays March 22nd, April 9th and 19th, at 10.30 am
    Children aged 6-10 years

    Where does a designer's inspiration come from? How does he or she play with shapes and colours? Equipped with stencils, stickers and ribbons, kids will discover silkscreen printing and create a shoe that they can customize to their heart’s content.

    Rates:
    - Adults: full price 10 € / concession price 6 €.
    - Children: 6 €.

    Duration: 1h30

    Reservation required: reservation@palais-portedoree.fr

  • "Soulier au fil" workshop

    Sundays April 5th and 16th, May 3rd and 31st, at 10.30 am
    Children aged 6-10 years old

    Shoes: It’s a long story! Children will follow in Christian Louboutin’s footsteps by creating a rather special shoe, while learning about the French designer’s work. They can then customize their creation with threads and fabrics, turning it the shoe of their dreams!

    Rates:
    - Adults: full price 10 € / concession price 6 €.
    - Children: 6 €.

    Duration: 1h30

    Reservation required: reservation@palais-portedoree.fr

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Early Years

“I felt it was important to show hesitant, stumbling beginnings, where you can already make out the themes that are close to my heart.”.

Christian Louboutin

“I felt it was important to show hesitant, stumbling beginnings, where you can already make out the themes that are close to my heart.”.

Christian Louboutin

This room, with its stained-glass works, takes us back to Christian’s early years when he was a high-school student at the neighboring establishment and already a budding designer. Centered around a selection of the shoes he created before founding the brand in 1991 and up until the early 2000s, this room brings focuses on his apprenticeship of the trade, his first influences, the attic room in the IXth arrondissement where, as a young man, he began to explore his creativi-ty. It was here that would start to imagine forms, trying his hand at executing those ideas man-ually, woodcarving to create certain models of heel or exploring the use of new materials such as animal and organic fabrics, palm wood and even fish scales. Around 60 of the first 300 shoes ever designed by Christian Louboutin are presented along with sketches, drawings and mood-boards.

Through the many stained-glass windows designed especially for the exhibition and produced by the ateliers of La Maison du Vitrail in Paris, this room also showcases the eight pillars of Christian Louboutin’s work, reaffirming his original love of the decorative arts. Each stained-glass piece is like a symbolic expression of the patron ‘saints’ that have looked over his work and his career for near thirty years. The composition of each one has been meticulously planned, bringing together details that act as clues, hinting at the moments, places and leading characters that have all nourished his imagination and his enthusiasm.

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