As part of the V&A’s travelling exhibition Shoes: Pleasure and Pain, (Chinese title 鞋履:樂與苦展覽), a pair a Caroline’s bespoke shoes have arrived in Shanghai. 

Caroline’s Turquoise Parakeet shoes are an open toe platform sandal made with vintage French silks on a walnut heel, hall marked solid silver heel bands and claws, and parakeet wings. They are one of nearly 140 pairs of shoes, ranging from rare vintage designs to contemporary works by designers such as Manolo Blahnik, Christian Louboutin, Salvatore Ferragamo, Jimmy Choo and Prada to be included in the exhibition.

Turquoise Parakeet - bespoke open toe platform sandals. Wings and vintage French silk. A solid walnut platform and heel. Solid silver heel band with hall marks and solid silver claws.

Now in China the exhibition is debuting in Shanghai at the newly opened HKRI Taikoo Hui, from 22 September to 5 November 2017, before it makes its way next year to Sino-Ocean Taikoo Li Chengdu, TaiKoo Hui in Guangzhou, Taikoo Li Sanlitun in Beijing. It will finish its tour at Pacific Place in Hong Kong.

Shoes: Pleasure and Pain considers the cultural significance and transformative capacity of shoes and examines the latest developments in footwear technology creating the possibility of ever higher heels and dramatic shapes. Examples from famous shoe collectors are shown alongside a dazzling range of historic shoes, many of which have not been displayed before. It explores the creative potential, cultural significance and transformative power of footwear. It has been organized by five major themes: Transformation, Status, Seduction, Creation and Obsession.

Shoes: Pleasure and Pain originally ran at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum, from June 2015 to March 2016 before travelling to the Bowes Museum in County Durham, the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem and the SCAD FASH Museum of Fashion and Film in Atlanta.

Read the TimeOut Shanghai article