CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN's debut UK retrospective has been named the Design Museum's all-time most popular exhibition, breaking all previous visitor figure records with an average daily attendance of 910 visitors. The showcase has, to date, attracted 38,000 shoe fans - more than Manolo Blahnik in 2003 and Hussein Chalayan: From Fashion And Back in 2009.
"It's been a real pleasure to see a lot of my 'babies' featured all together for the first time," said Louboutin. "It's not only an entire collection of shoes that I saw there, but for me a huge collection of souvenirs, precious moments, and very rarely sorrows."
The exhibition, which opened on May 1, documents Louboutin's lengthy, 20-year-long career and featuring his most iconic shoe styles - from eight-inch towering ballet pumps to the heels that appeared in Yves Saint Laurent's final catwalk show. The display is only open for another three weeks until it closes on July 9, but the museum is hosting late-night openings on the following dates to accommodate demand: Wednesday June 27, Friday June 29, Saturday June 30 until 9.45pm and Sumday July 1 until 8pm.
"I am so thrilled at the overwhelming response to this exhibition," said exhibition curator Donna Loveday. "With their instantly recognisable glossy red soles, Christian Louboutin's shoes have become such an important part of the fashion landscape. Louboutin has built one of the most successful shoe brands in the world and this exhibition aims to give a deeper insight into the designer behind the famous shoes."