Red shoes are the shoes of dreams. Full of magic and glamour, they have cast a spell over people for hundreds of years. This talk explores red shoes as vehicles for dreaming, and how they enchant, bewitch and entrap the cultural imagination from Hans Christian Andersen to The Wizard of Oz, suggesting what we might be or aspire to in escaping everyday life.
HILARY DAVIDSON is a dress and textile historian & curator who was formerly curator of fashion and decorative art at the Museum of London. She trained as a shoemaker, has researched extensively on red shoes and is currently completing a book on Regency fashion for Yale.
This lecture is supported by The Friends of The Johnston Collection.