Christian Louboutin has been giving fashionistas something to talk about for over two decades. This year, he celebrates his 20th anniversary with much more than candle-laden cake or fine china. His 20th anniversary capsule collection (feted with a visit to NYC’s Bergdorf Goodman) and self-titled book offering an inside look into the world of Louboutin debuted earlier this year. But that’s not all. Most excitingly—and buzz worthy—has been London’s Design Museum retrospective of the designer’s past twenty years.
A visit to the retrospective (or Louboutin lover’s Mecca as we’d call it) would find a celebration of Louboutin’s career from intern to icon. It is a “magical journey of style, glamour, power, femininity and elegance,” according to the Design Museum. Glorious displays of lacquered red-sole creations (more than 200 pairs from Louboutin’s archives), endless examples of design inspiration, and a three-dimensional holograph of the stiletto siren Dita Von Teese all capture the essence of unforgettable designs. His inspirations are divided into themes from Travel and Architecture to The Showgirl and Entertainment. If there was ever any doubt, we’re now totally sure Louboutin’s high heels were meant to be showstoppers.