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Summer 2022 in Monaco will be dedicated to Christian Louboutin, the shoe designer famous around the world for his red-soled court shoes.  The work and imagination of this central figure from the fashion world will be presented at the Grimaldi Forum.

Following exhibitions devoted to Pablo Picasso, Francis Bacon and Alberto Giacometti, the new big art event of the summer in Monaco will focus on contemporary designer Christian Louboutin. The first chapter, Christian Louboutin, L’Exhibition[niste] (Christian Louboutin: The Exhibition[ist]), which was presented in Paris in 2020, has been completely reimagined by the curator, Olivier Gabet, Director of the Paris Museum of Decorative Arts.

The aim is to present the shoemaker’s work, as well as his creative processes and influences, and also to unveil some brand-new designs inspired by Monaco.

Since the 1990s, Christian Louboutin has forged a unique relationship with the Principality. He described the genesis of this relationship as follows: “A few months after I opened my first shop on Rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau in Paris in 1991, Her Royal Highness Princess Caroline of Monaco came in. She was one of my first clients, and helped to make my brand what it is today. Not only is she someone that I consider to be one of my fairy godmothers, she has also become a true friend.”

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The designer has also recounted how he discovered, through the collections of the Nouveau Musée National de Monaco, that fashion, the arts and oceanography are all integral parts of the Principality’s DNA. And he was entrusted by the Princess of Hanover with the artistic direction of the Rose Ball in 2022, which was held in aid of the Princess Grace Foundation with a “Return to the 20s” theme.

This exhibition, which explores both Louboutin’s love of dance and his fascination with the ocean world, not to mention the influence of Warhol’s pop art or the photographic genius of Helmut Newton (another regular visitor to the Principality), occupies more than 2,000 m2 of the Grimaldi Forum.

It has reserved a 300 m2 space for the designer’s ‘Imaginary Museum’, which creates a dialogue between items from Christian Louboutin’s personal pantheon and artworks from Monaco’s museums. Among the exceptional loans and reflecting Christian Louboutin’s passion for the performing arts are the headdress worn by Joséphine Baker in 1974 and the mounted model from the set of the ballet Jack in the Box by Serge Diaghilev, created by painter André Derain.

The exhibition also highlights Christian Louboutin’s exclusive collaborations with artists and fashion designers, including a bespoke installation from British artist Allen Jones, designed in 3D.

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