New York and London are living up to their reputations as fashion capitals, each with a host of style-savvy exhibits to see this summer.
The Rise of Sneaker Culture
Brooklyn Museum, New York
July 10−October 4
Now worn with suits in boardrooms and gowns on red carpets, sneakers have come a long way from their days as strictly athletic attire. Documenting their rise from novelties promoted by the likes of Jack Purcell and Chuck Taylor in the 1920s to being upholstered with exotic skins and by luxury designers and walked down runways, The Rise of Sneaker Culture exhibition is coming to the Brooklyn Museum on tour from the Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto. On view is a timeline of athletic footwear, showing the progression from an 1860s spiked running shoe to Air Force 1s and Air Jordan IIIs to fashion sneakers from the likes of Lanvin and Jimmy Choo. For sneaker freaks, cult collaborations including the “Don’s” from Louis Vuitton and Kanye West and the “Totems” from Adidas and Jeremy Scott are the equivalent of rare works of art.