The Palais de la Porte Dorée is delighted to announce the reopening to the public of Christian Louboutin L’Exhibition from June, 16th and extended to January, 3rd 2021.

Designed as an invitation to discover Christian Louboutin’s rich universe, the unprecedented exhibition explores every facet of his multi-referential work, in an institution that has played an important role in inspiring his vocation. From the beginning, Christian Louboutin infused his designs with a great wealth of motifs andcolours inspired by his love of art and dierentcultures. Flamboyant, daring, open to the world, generous and at times caustic, the designer’s creativity is informed by a passion for travel and references from the worlds of pop culture, theatre, dance, literature and cinema. In revealing Christian Louboutin’s inspirations and creative processes, the exhibition showcases the designer’s vision through a selection of the most precious works from his personal collection and loans from public collections. A large selection of shoes are on display, some of which have never been exhibited before.

These historic and artistic pieces are shown alongside a number of exclusive collaborations which pay tribute to Christian Louboutin’s admiration for craftsman’s know how. Some examples include stained glass panels created by the Maison du Vitrail, a Sevillian silver palanquin and a cabaret sculpted in Bhutan. The exhibition also unveils collaborations, never seen before, with artists who are important to him: the director and photographer David Lynch, the New Zealand multimedia artist Lisa Reihana, the British designer duo Whitaker Malem, the Spanish choreo- grapher Blanca Li, and the Pakistani artist Imran Qureshi, amongst others.

Born in the 12th district of Paris, close to the Palais de la Porte Dorée, Christian Louboutin was fascinated from an early age by the architectural beauty and ornamental richness of the institution, which was one of the earliest in uencesfeeding his love of art and applied arts. He borrowed a whole repertoire of forms and motifsfrom the Palais for his first designs, including the Maquereau shoe  made of metallic leather anddirectly inspired by the iridescence of the shin the Palais de la Porte Dorée’s tropical aquarium. It was also at the Palais, a masterpiece of Art deco, that Christian Louboutin, then a young adolescent, noticed a sign forbidding visitors to wear high heeled shoes. This sign subsequently inspired the iconic Pigalle shoe which has been reinvented over the course of the seasons.

Photos : © Marc Domage

To make your visit safe, we are implementing the following measures:

  • Mandatory online reservation with time slots on the Palais de la Porte Dorée website.

  • Mandatory use of the mask throughout your visit.

  • The access is limited to few people at a time in the exhibition spaces. Markings on the ground allowing the respect of safety distances.

  • Provision of hydroalcoholic gel at your arrival at the Palais de la Porte Dorée and the entrance of all exhibition spaces.

  • Maintaining a distance of 1 meter from other visitors.

  • Respect social distancing and sanitary gestures.


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