Inside the Vivienne Westwood Shoe Exhibition

 London department store, Selfridges have teamed up with Vivienne Westwood, to show off her shoe designs taken from the last four decades. The exhibition opened today (August 26th), and is being held at the Selfridges Ultra Lounge. Named 'Vivienne Westwood Shoes: An Exhibition 1973-2010' the exhibition shows the iconic designer's shoes as they develop and change over the course of her successful and fruitful years as a designer.

With over 200 shoes taken from the Vivienne Westwood archive, as well as her present designs, and including some shoes from her collaboration with the rubber designer Melissa, the exhibition is more than thorough when it comes to showing Vivienne's design ability and her astonishing journey as a designer.A spokesperson from Selfridges has said about the exhibition:

"The exhibition traces the exceptional success of Westwood's career to date and presents her outstanding artistic individuality. Illustrating her defiance of the rules of wearability and convention, the exhibition is also evidence of her uncompromising quest for superb craftsmanship and attention to detail."

Vivienne has always been proud of her shoes, once saying: "Shoes must have very high heels and platforms to put women's beauty on a pedestal." Here is a look at some of the designs in the exhibition.


LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 25: A Vivienne Westwood designed Cafe Society Mary Jane Heart Buckle shoe from 1994 is displayed prior to 'Vivienne Westwood Shoes: An Exhibition 1973- 2010' at Selfridges Ultra Lounge on August 25, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 25: A Vivienne Westwood designed Trompe l'Oeil Tie Court shoe from 1996 is displayed prior to 'Vivienne Westwood Shoes: An Exhibition 1973- 2010' at Selfridges Ultra Lounge on August 25, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 25: A Vivienne Westwood designed Prince Charming Cut-Out Curt shoe from 2010 is displayed prior to 'Vivienne Westwood Shoes: An Exhibition 1973- 2010' at Selfridges Ultra Lounge on August 25, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 25: A Vivienne Westwood designed Tiger Satyr boot from 1995 is displayed prior to 'Vivienne Westwood Shoes: An Exhibition 1973- 2010' at Selfridges Ultra Lounge on August 25, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 25: A Vivienne Westwood designed Penis Shoe from 1995 is displayed prior to 'Vivienne Westwood Shoes: An Exhibition 1973- 2010' at Selfridges Ultra Lounge on August 25, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 25: A Vivienne Westwood designed LV boot from 1995 is displayed prior to 'Vivienne Westwood Shoes: An Exhibition 1973- 2010' at Selfridges Ultra Lounge on August 25, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 25: Cabinets of Vivienne Westwood designed shoes are displayed prior to 'Vivienne Westwood Shoes: An Exhibition 1973- 2010' at Selfridges Ultra Lounge on August 25, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 25: A Vivienne Westwood designed Mary Jane Spoon shoe from 1995 is displayed prior to 'Vivienne Westwood Shoes: An Exhibition 1973- 2010' at Selfridges Ultra Lounge on August 25, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 25: A Vivienne Westwood designed On Liberty Spanish boot from 1994 is displayed prior to 'Vivienne Westwood Shoes: An Exhibition 1973- 2010' at Selfridges Ultra Lounge on August 25, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 25: A Vivienne Westwood designed On Liberty C17 shoe from 1994 is displayed prior to 'Vivienne Westwood Shoes: An Exhibition 1973- 2010' at Selfridges Ultra Lounge on August 25, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 25: A pair of Vivienne Westwood designed Rocking Horse Ballerina shoes from 1986 are displayed prior to 'Vivienne Westwood Shoes: An Exhibition 1973- 2010' at Selfridges Ultra Lounge on August 25, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 25: A pair of Vivienne Westwood designed Super Elevated Cowboy boots from 1994 are displayed prior to 'Vivienne Westwood Shoes: An Exhibition 1973- 2010' at Selfridges Ultra Lounge on August 25, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 25: A Vivienne Westwood designed Hammerhead Trainer from 1981 is displayed prior to 'Vivienne Westwood Shoes: An Exhibition 1973- 2010' at Selfridges Ultra Lounge on August 25, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 25: A pair of Vivienne Westwood designed Pagan Mules from 1988 are displayed prior to 'Vivienne Westwood Shoes: An Exhibition 1973- 2010' at Selfridges Ultra Lounge on August 25, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 25: A Vivienne Westwood Printed Leather Lace-Up Boot from 1973 is displayed prior to 'Vivienne Westwood Shoes: An Exhibition 1973- 2010' at Selfridges Ultra Lounge on August 25, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 25: A Vivienne Westwood designed Pirate Boot from 1981 is displayed prior to 'Vivienne Westwood Shoes: An Exhibition 1973- 2010' at Selfridges Ultra Lounge on August 25, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 25: A pair of Vivienne Westwood designed Ankle Tie With Mirror Eyelet shoes from 1989 are displayed prior to 'Vivienne Westwood Shoes: An Exhibition 1973- 2010' at Selfridges Ultra Lounge on August 25, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 25: A Vivienne Westwood designed Jordans (Sex Shop Assistant) Leopard Mules from 1973 is displayed prior to 'Vivienne Westwood Shoes: An Exhibition 1973- 2010' at Selfridges Ultra Lounge on August 25, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 25: A Vivienne Westwood designed Brocade Hammerhead Ankle Boot from 1982 is displayed prior to 'Vivienne Westwood Shoes: An Exhibition 1973- 2010' at Selfridges Ultra Lounge on August 25, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 25: A Vivienne Westwood designed Seditionary Boot from 1976 is displayed prior to 'Vivienne Westwood Shoes: An Exhibition 1973- 2010' at Selfridges Ultra Lounge on August 25, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 25: A Vivienne Westwood designed Pirate Slingback shoe from 2002 is displayed prior to 'Vivienne Westwood Shoes: An Exhibition 1973- 2010' at Selfridges Ultra Lounge on August 25, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 25: A Vivienne Westwood Printed Leather Lace-Up Boot from 1973 is displayed prior to 'Vivienne Westwood Shoes: An Exhibition 1973- 2010' at Selfridges Ultra Lounge on August 25, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 25: A pair of Vivienne Westwood designed Rocking Horse ankle boots from 1988 are displayed prior to 'Vivienne Westwood Shoes: An Exhibition 1973- 2010' at Selfridges Ultra Lounge on August 25, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 25: A pair of Vivienne Westwood designed Anglophilia Sack Boots from 2002 are displayed prior to 'Vivienne Westwood Shoes: An Exhibition 1973- 2010' at Selfridges Ultra Lounge on August 25, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 25: A Vivienne Westwood designed Witches Three-Tongued shoe from 1983 is displayed prior to 'Vivienne Westwood Shoes: An Exhibition 1973- 2010' at Selfridges Ultra Lounge on August 25, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 25: A Vivienne Westwood designed Apollo Winged shoe from 1988 is displayed prior to 'Vivienne Westwood Shoes: An Exhibition 1973- 2010' at Selfridges Ultra Lounge on August 25, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 25: A pair of Vivienne Westwood designed Ankle Tie With Mirror Eyelet Boots from 1989 are displayed prior to 'Vivienne Westwood Shoes: An Exhibition 1973- 2010' at Selfridges Ultra Lounge on August 25, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 25: A pair of Vivienne Westwood designed Red Boots with Mirror Buckle from 1989 are displayed prior to 'Vivienne Westwood Shoes: An Exhibition 1973- 2010' at Selfridges Ultra Lounge on August 25, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 25: A Vivienne Westwood designed Three-Tongue Trainer from 1983 is displayed prior to 'Vivienne Westwood Shoes: An Exhibition 1973- 2010' at Selfridges Ultra Lounge on August 25, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 25: A pair of Vivienne Westwood designed Rocking Horse Golf shoes from 1988 are displayed prior to 'Vivienne Westwood Shoes: An Exhibition 1973- 2010' at Selfridges Ultra Lounge on August 25, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 25: A pair of Vivienne Westwood designed Swarovski Shoes from 2010 are displayed prior to 'Vivienne Westwood Shoes: An Exhibition 1973- 2010' at Selfridges Ultra Lounge on August 25, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 25: A pair of Vivienne Westwood designed Rafia Mules from 1994 are displayed prior to 'Vivienne Westwood Shoes: An Exhibition 1973- 2010' at Selfridges Ultra Lounge on August 25, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 25: A pair of Vivienne Westwood designed Mock-Crock Elevated Gilllies from 1993 in which Niomi Campbell famously tripped on the catwalk are displayed prior to 'Vivienne Westwood Shoes: An Exhibition 1973- 2010' at Selfridges Ultra Lounge on August 25, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 25: A pair of Vivienne Westwood designed Linen Pirate Boots from 1998 are displayed prior to 'Vivienne Westwood Shoes: An Exhibition 1973- 2010' at Selfridges Ultra Lounge on August 25, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 25: A pair of Vivienne Westwood designed Green Satin Winter Boots from 2010 are displayed prior to 'Vivienne Westwood Shoes: An Exhibition 1973- 2010' at Selfridges Ultra Lounge on August 25, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 25: A pair of Vivienne Westwood designed Candy Stripe Gillies from 1998 are displayed prior to 'Vivienne Westwood Shoes: An Exhibition 1973- 2010' at Selfridges Ultra Lounge on August 25, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 25: A pair of Vivienne Westwood designed Fringed Loafers from 1997 are displayed prior to 'Vivienne Westwood Shoes: An Exhibition 1973- 2010' at Selfridges Ultra Lounge on August 25, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 25: A pair of Vivienne Westwood designed Super Elevated Lace-up ankle boots from 1993 are displayed prior to 'Vivienne Westwood Shoes: An Exhibition 1973- 2010' at Selfridges Ultra Lounge on August 25, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 25: Vivienne Westwood attends the press view of 'Vivienne Westwood Shoes: An Exhibition 1973- 2010' at Selfridges Ultra Lounge on August 25, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 25: A pair of Vivienne Westwood designed Mock-Crock Elevated Gilllies from 1993 in which Niomi Campbell famously tripped on the catwalk are displayed prior to 'Vivienne Westwood Shoes: An Exhibition 1973- 2010' at Selfridges Ultra Lounge on August 25, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 25: A pair of Vivienne Westwood designed Swarovski Sandals from 1998 are displayed prior to 'Vivienne Westwood Shoes: An Exhibition 1973- 2010' at Selfridges Ultra Lounge on August 25, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 25: A pair of Vivienne Westwood designed Elevated Tartan Lace-up shoes from 1993 are displayed prior to 'Vivienne Westwood Shoes: An Exhibition 1973- 2010' at Selfridges Ultra Lounge on August 25, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 25: Vivienne Westwood attends the press view of 'Vivienne Westwood Shoes: An Exhibition 1973- 2010' at Selfridges Ultra Lounge on August 25, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 25: Vivienne Westwood attends the press view of 'Vivienne Westwood Shoes: An Exhibition 1973- 2010' at Selfridges Ultra Lounge on August 25, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 25: Vivienne Westwood attends the press view of 'Vivienne Westwood Shoes: An Exhibition 1973- 2010' at Selfridges Ultra Lounge on August 25, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 25: Vivienne Westwood attends the press view of 'Vivienne Westwood Shoes: An Exhibition 1973- 2010' at Selfridges Ultra Lounge on August 25, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

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