Nick Knight's film, La Douleur Exquise was one of six short films inspired by high heels specially commissioned for Brooklyn Museum's Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe exhibition. The fashion film features a specially-made, one-of-a-kind pair of glass shoes made by footwear designer Georgina Goodman. The glass slipper in fairytales has become a leitmotif for the painful pursuit of love. It is a symbol that embodies both profound beauty and implicit violence. While at first glance incredibly seductive, the shoe is uncomfortable to wear and presents the constant peril that the glass will smash and sever the skin. The film plays with this fetishistic emblem, creating a story of extreme fragility and danger. Passion, tension, hardship and discomfort are all themes that underly this exploration of shoes.
Launched on 10 September 2014
26 June 2004
In association with the London department store of the same name, Taking Liberty's offered passers-by the chance to record their personal style.
21 November 2001
Beauty and impermanence are explored in this collaborative art installation by Alexander McQueen, Nick Knight and Bjork.
17 April 2003
Discover the moving image work of Guy Bourdin; eleven fashion films edited from never-before-seen archival footage and showcased exclusively by SHOWstudio.
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