Helen Persson Biography

Pair of evening shoes in silk satin with a Wedgwood heel, manufactured by Rayne, Great Britain, 1960s, T.360-1996, © Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

Name: Helen Persson

Role: Curator, Shoes: Pleasure and Pain Exhibition

Research Interests

My special interests include the transformative capacity of shoes, Chinese export textiles and the archaeologist Sir Aurel Stein (1863-1943).

Selected Research Outputs

Exhibition “Shoes: Pleasure and Pain”, June 2015

Selected Published Writings/ Papers

Shoes: Pleasure and Pain, V&A Publications, 2016 (to accompany the above exhibition)

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Shoes: Pleasure and Pain

Shoes: Pleasure and Pain

Beautiful, sculptural objects, shoes are powerful indicators of gender, status, identity, taste, and even sexual preference. Our choice in shoes can b…

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Event - Curator Talk: Shoes: Pleasure and Pain

Fri 12 June 2015 14:00–15:00

Join Curator Helen Persson and Research Assistant Lucia Savi as they discuss the displays that explore the obsession with shoes and their cultural importance as identifiers of status, privilege and sexual preference.

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