In Pictures: Gucci tennis, Mo Farah runners and Britpop trainers in Sneaking into Fashion

By Culture24 Reporter | 18 October 2012
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A photo of a tall trainer with a huge platform in pink, white, blue, green and yellow
Jeffrey Campbell (2012)
From Kanye West’s Yeezys, which sold for $90,000 at auction earlier this year, to the last heeled collaboration between Vivienne Westwood and Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren, a new exhibition in Covent Garden Piazza is exploring the history of shoes and their place in culture.

A photo of a white plimsoll-style trainer with a green and red stripe symbol on it
1980s Gucci Tennis Shoes from the Northampton Shoe Museum
A 1980s pair of Gucci tennis trainers represent the first fashion brand to incorporate a functional sports shoe into a luxury collection.

A close-up photo of a long thin trainer with blue clouds on white and a red slope sole
Peter Max for Randy (1969)
A pair of Vans, designed by artist Peter Max during the 1960s, are said to represent the first meeting of art and sport.

A photo of two fashion sneakers in pink and black with a white whoosh symbol on them
The Nike Dunk High SB UNKLE
The Nike Dunk High SB UNKLE – aka the DUNKLE – was one of the biggest sneaker releases of 2004. The project was a collaboration between UK-based DJ and producer James Lavelle, New York graffiti artist Futura 2000 and art director and designer Ben Drury.

A photo of a mahogany carving of a long thin fashion trainer with a whoosh symbol on it
Eric Quebral art
Artist Eric Quebral combines carpentry and his love of sneakers in a series of layered and cut wood-grain artworks.

A photo of a light brown trainer with red and blue details, stripey laces and a large heel
Vivienne Westwood 'Tracy' Heeled Sneakers
Other shoes on display include plimsolls worn by singer Liam Gallagher, Mo Farah’s gold-winning track shoes, Spice Girl Mel B’s Buffalo boots and the pair Roger Bannister used to run the first four-minute mile, in 1950.

  • Sneaking into Fashion runs until October 28 2012. Open 9am-7pm. The exhibition has been created by Javari.co.uk.
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