Gleason Performing Arts Center
How did sneakers transform from sports footwear to staples of street fashion central to expressions of masculinity? This talk explores the fascinating history of the sneaker from the nineteenth century to the present and considers the cultural impact of sneakers in America.
Honorary Chair: Rita Moreno
Denius Student Center, Hartley Room
Today the high heel is an icon of femininity but how did it come to be such a powerful signifier? This talk will trace the history of the high heel from its origins as an equestrian tool in Western Asia to its centrality in expressions of gender today.
After a fascinating lecture on the history of the high heel, guests will enjoy a champagne reception, three-course luncheon, and a showcase of the Funk Center’s museum shop.
Images: Sneakers, Pierre Hardy, 2011. Sandal, Manolo Blahnik, early 1990s. Collection of the Bata Shoe Museum. Photography by Ron Wood; Headshot courtesy of Elizabeth Semmelhack.
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