The Beautiful Collection: Prince’s Custom Shoes
Celebrating the legacy and artistry of the incomparable Prince, The Beautiful Collection: Prince’s Custom Shoes is the largest ever display to spotlight Prince’s footwear, featuring over 300 pairs of his iconic shoes. The exhibition opens at Paisley Park on Friday, July 9 and will be included in all tours.
The installation further highlights Prince’s impact on fashion, music, and popular culture. Prince challenged conventional fashion norms, inspiring designers and consumers to rethink how people should dress. His unique fashion sensibility, drawing on inspirations both masculine and feminine, and accessorizing nearly every outfit with a pair of custom made high-heeled boots, fearlessly pushed the envelope.
“Prince continuously pushed the boundaries of fashion, music, and culture in general,” said Mitch Maguire, Paisley Park Managing Director and The Beautiful Collection Curator. “His expansive, incredible shoe collection is just one example of his artistic expression, personality, and lasting impact on fashion. When guests visit this exhibition, they will be immersed in the drama, taste, and complexity of Prince while also revealing some of the collaborators who worked so closely to bring his vision to life.”
Visitors will become acquainted with Prince’s vibrantly patterned, custom-built collection of boots, platform sneakers, roller skates, and the stories behind them, in a newly designed area that provides a truly unique experience. Bringing the exhibition to life will be carefully crafted displays, video clips of Prince and his shoes in action, and recorded accounts from the shoemakers who created an extraordinary collection durable enough to withstand dancing, doing the splits, and jumping off pianos. Among the designers featured are Donatella Versace with whom Prince had a long standing collaboration, and longtime Prince shoemakers Andre No.1 and Cos Kyriacou.
The over 300 pairs of shoes on display will include some of Prince’s most iconic pairs. Among them are the blue ankle boots hand-painted with white clouds featured in the “Raspberry Beret” music video, his signature Versace fabric heeled boots, the blue beaded pair worn to the 57th Academy Awards where Prince accepted the Academy Award for Best Original Score for Purple Rain, and more. Also included will be shoes he wore to make a statement like the pair adorned with the gold metallic “Free Music” sticker highlighting the complex relationship between recording artists and record labels, and the wooden shoe last crafted to emulate Prince’s foot in order to create his custom made shoes.