VISITORS AND NATIVES: THE SHOES AND TALENTS OF TOMORROW
International Footwear Museum Vigevano
September 14th to December 10th 2013
Organized by the Footwear Museum of the Council of Vigevano, backed by Assocalzaturifici and the Province of Pavia, “Visitors and Natives” shows footwear by fifty talented young designers divided between “natives”, Italians of various experience and training, and international “visitors” from different parts of the world. The renown footwear designer, Armando Pollini, was a key creative force for this event.
The location of ‘Visitors and Natives’ at Vigevano is of great symbolic value, because although many of the thousands of factories present in 1959 are no longer operative, the city represents to this day the cradle and the history of Italian Footwear. Here the first Italian shoe industry was born, here the first Italian Shoe Fair was established and again in Vigevano in 1953 the stiletto heel was invented, which the Museo della Calzatura – founded in 1970 with the donation of the Bertolini family. This is the first of a to be annual exhibition.