Paco Rabanne - Pair of pumps for women Modèle Verseau Collection Haute couture spring-summer collection 1995, Paris, Museum of Decorative Arts, don Paco Rabanne, 1997 © MAD, Paris / Photo: Jean Tholance
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Shoe of Marie-Antoinette, 1792. Paris, Museum of Decorative Arts © MAD Paris / photo: Christophe Dellière
A pair of ballPaco Rabanne, pair of pumps for women, Modèle Verseau Collection , haute couture collection, spring-summer 1995. Paris, Museum of Decorative Arts, don Paco Rabanne, 1997 © MAD , Paris / Photo: Jean Tholanceet shoes used by Marie Taglioni during her farewell party at the Empress of Russia Anichkoff Palace in St. Petersburg, 1 st March 1842. France, Museum of Decorative Arts © MAD , Paris / Photo: Hughes Dubois
Christian Louboutin and David Lynch, pair of ballerinas for women, Ballerina Ultima model , Paris, 2007. Paris, Christian Louboutin House Archives © MAD , Paris / Photo: Hughes Dubois
Women's sandal, around 1942, Paris. Museum of Decorative Arts © MAD Paris / photo: Hughes Dubois
Iris Schieferstein, Horseshoes , 2006. Berlin, Iris Schieferstein © MAD Paris / photo: Hughes Dubois
Iris van Herpen and Jólan van der Wiel - “Magnetic Motion” shoe, Spring-Summer 2015 ready-to-wear collection, Amsterdam, Iris Van Herpen. © MAD Paris. Photo : Hughes Dubois Iris Van Herpen. © MAD Paris. Photo : Hughes Dubois
Paco Rabanne, pair of pumps for women, Modèle Verseau Collection , haute couture collection, spring-summer 1995. Paris, Museum of Decorative Arts, don Paco Rabanne, 1997 © MAD , Paris / Photo: Jean Tholance
Prototype of the pair of clown shoes by Warren Zavatta. Paris, 2009-2010. Clairvoy House © MAD Paris / photo: Hughes Dubois
Pump for Juliette Récamier, 1795-1810, Paris, Museum of Decorative Arts. © MAD Paris Photo : Hughes Dubois
Raf Simons for Christian Dior, pair of pumps for women, Paris, fall-winter 2014-2015 haute couture collection. Paris, Museum of Decorative Arts © MAD , Paris / Photo: Christophe Dellière
Roger Vivier for Christian Dior - Woman's pump and his “Choc” heel Paris, 1955. Museum of Decorative Arts © MAD Paris / Photo : Hughes Dubois
Benoit Méléard, shoe “ Hommage à Calder ”, collection “ O ”, 1999. Paris, Museum of Decorative Arts © MAD , Paris / photo: Hughes Dubois
Paco Rabanne - Pair of pumps for women Modèle Verseau Collection Haute couture spring-summer collection 1995, Paris, Museum of Decorative Arts, don Paco Rabanne, 1997 © MAD, Paris / Photo: Jean Tholance
Pair of men's shoes, Iran, beginning of the XVII th century Museum of Decorative Arts © MAD , Paris / Photo: Hughes Dubois

Some think of shoes as ordinary fashion accessory and some go beyond into the visual and contemporary aesthetics of the footwear. Marche et Démarche. Une histoire de la chaussure at the Museum of Decorative Arts (MAD) questions the cultural significance of the shoe and explores how it was merged into different styles of walking from the Middle Ages to the present day, in both Western and non-European cultures.

Curated by Dennis Bruna, with exhibition design by the architect and designer Eric Benqué, the exhibition displays approximately five-hundred objects, including shoes, paintings, objets d’art, photographs, films and advertisements from public and private collection.

The exhibition is ongoing until the 22nd of March, 2020.

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