Bucks County Stuart Weitzman Shoe Exhibit Showcases History and Culture



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Camila Alves McConaughey holds lime green Converse tennis shoes worn by Uvalde shooting victim Maite Yuleana Rodriguez, 10, as Matthew McConaughey, a native of Uvalde, Texas, joins the White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre for the daily briefing at the White House in Washington, Tuesday June 7, 2022.

Air date: September 22, 2022

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Stuart Weitzman, American shoe designer and founder of the international high-end shoe brand, Stuart Weitzman, has gained worldwide attention for its use of unconventional and unique materials like vinyl, cork, wallpaper and gold. His shoe designs are sold in more than seventy countries around the world.

The shoe business had been part of Weitzman’s family since Seymour Weitzman, his father who was also a shoemaker and had a business called Seymour Shoes, where Weitzman began designing shoes and later branched out to further his legacy for create their own brand.

Laura Turner Igo, chief curator of the Michener Art Museum in Bucks County, joined us on Thursday Smart talk to discuss their upcoming exhibition, Walk This Way: Footwear from the Stuart Weitzman Collection of Historic Shoes which begins Saturday and ends January 15e to honor Weitzman’s legacy and the history and importance of his shoes.

The exhibit, which the Michener Art Museum adopted from the New York Historical Society, will feature more than 100 pairs of shoes from the private collection of Stuart Weitzman and Jane Gershon Weitzman. The museum also complemented the exhibit with six pairs of shoes made by local designers from the Greater Philadelphia and Bucks County area. The exhibition will focus on the women who designed, made, sold and collected shoes, and will explore how shoes exceeded their purpose to become representations of culture and expressions of complex meanings of femininity, power and power. the suction.

Igo said shoes help us walk and navigate the world.

“We make choices when choosing the shoes we want to wear and those choices tell us who we are individually, culturally, and also, as the exhibit shows, also tell us the story,” Igo said.

She also said she hopes people come to the exhibit to see the shoes and stay for the story.

For more information about the exhibit, visit michenerartmuseum.org.


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