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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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SPECIAL EXHIBITION PRICE £20 (RRP £25)   Beautiful, sculptural objects, shoes are powerful indicators of gender, status, identity, ta…

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Shoes: Pleasure and Pain

13 June 2015 – 31 January 2016. An exhibition looking at the extremes of footwear from around the globe. From a sandal decorated in pure gold leaf originating from ancient Egypt to the most elaborate designs by contemporary makers.

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Event - Helen David, Fashion Director: Harrods’ Fashion Vision

Mon 09 November 2015 19:00–20:45

Helen David, Fashion Director of Womenswear, Women’s Shoes, Fine Jewellery, accessories and Childrenswear at Harrods, is considered to be one of the most influential women in fashion.

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