Throughout history, shoes have been seen as symbols of power or status in society. High heels were worn by aristocrats and nobility. Thongs started out in Ancient Egypt and made their way to Bondi. Sometimes we suffer for the love of our shoes. They don’t call them “killer heels” for nothing. Join Claudia Chan Shaw for an intriguing look at our fascination with shoes and the stories behind them – from flats and stilettos to trainers, Crocs and the catwalk. Just think of Cinderella or the Wizard of Oz – it’s all about the shoes in the end.
CLAUDIA CHAN SHAW has a multi-faceted career. She is co-designer and director for acclaimed Australian fashion label, Vivian Chan Shaw, and her designs are represented in the permanent collection of the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney. Claudia has curated a number of fashion exhibitions including Vivian Chan Shaw – 40 Years, A Retrospective and Alfredo Bouret Retrospective, a tribute to the great fashion artist.
Claudia is co-host of television program, Antiques DownUnder and was co-host of ABC TV’s popular program, Collectors. Her book Collectomania navigates the curious world of collectors. Claudia also presents Arts Friday on 89.7fm Eastside Radio and leads Art Deco tours around the world for the Art Gallery Society NSW.
This lecture is presented on-site at TJC as part of the PayPal Melbourne Fashion Festival Independent Programme. Please see your ticket for details. NOTE: Tickets for this event do not include access to our exhibition-house, Fairhall. Guided tours of the current exhibition can be booked separately.
Your ticket includes tea or Market Lane coffee served before the lecture, and time to browse our exclusive range of books, gifts, and homewares at TJC Emporium.
This lecture is supported by The Colin Holden Charitable Trust.
Sally Ryan, Year of the Rabbit – portrait of Claudia Chan Shaw (detail), Archibald Prize 2023 Finalist.
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