January 28, 2020 - January 9, 2021
Walk This Way: Historic Footwear from the Stuart Weitzman Collection explored how shoes have transcended their utilitarian purpose to become representations of culture — coveted as objects of desire, designed with artistic consideration, and expressing complicated meanings of femininity, power, and aspiration for women and men alike. Featuring 100 pairs of shoes from iconic designer Stuart Weitzman’s extensive private collection assembled over three decades with his wife Jane Gershon Weitzman, the exhibition covered larger trends in American economic history, from industrialization to the rise of consumer culture, with a focus on women’s contributions as producers, consumers, designers, and entrepreneurs.
This exhibition was organized by the New-York Historical Society.
An illustrated companion volume titled Walk This Way: Footwear from the Stuart Weitzman Collection of Historic Shoes by Edward Maeder with contributions by Stuart Weitzman and Valerie Paley was available for purchase in the Museum Store.
Exhibition funded in part by: