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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Masterpieces

“Shoes have attained an iconic, almost sacred dimension, and today, there’s a kind of idol worship around the shoe as an object.”.

Christian Louboutin

“Shoes have attained an iconic, almost sacred dimension, and today, there’s a kind of idol worship around the shoe as an object.”.

Christian Louboutin

Arranged in a pyramid-shape, the Salle des Trésors (Treasure room) brings together Christian Louboutin’s most iconic creations. Each shoe on display embodies a real achievement, whether through the form imagined, the particular materials used, or the inspiration behind the commission, for its origi-nality, or its art historical context. At its centre, a crystal shoe created by French artisans sits majestically on a palanquin crafted by copperware craftmen from Seville, and decorated exten-sively with embroideries, hand-made in the workshops of Indian designer Sabyasachi Mukher-jee.

Each element had been redesigned by Christian Louboutin, who demonstrates his affinity and respect for the craftsmen from all over the world whom he has grown accustomed to working closely with to create his collections. Blending popular iconography and luxury craftsmanship, this room also celebrates the many inspirations behind Christian’s work from the history of fashion with the ‘Lady Grès’, shoe paying tribute to Madame Grès’ turbans and pleats, to the early tribal arts of Africa, Oceania and America as reflected in the ‘Puebla’ shoe, which nods to the art of Kachina doll. Some of these shoes, less widely known to the general public, highlight the singularity of Christian Louboutin’s work in the world of fashion, such as the YSL shoe, worn in the closing look of Yves Saint Laurent’s final haute couture fashion show in 2002.

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