Prince fans can now step into the life of the Minnesota-born musician while taking a guided tour that allows guests to see his most iconic shoes up close.
The limited-edition installation highlights Prince’s genius and his desire to entertain with a sense of spectacle. His shoes tell the tale of his fun fashion sense with all of his custom, shiny and sparkly shoes designed so he could put a smile on listeners as he entertained and jumped through the stages during his music career. legendary.
A new exhibit titled The Beautiful Collections: Prince’s Custom Shoes opened on July 9 at the Chanhassen Paisley Park Music Museum.
Mitch Maguire, general manager and curator of the exhibition, answered questions about the exhibition.
As a fashion icon, Prince was ahead of his time when he wore high fashion unisex style clothing and footwear.
“Authenticity and originality are synonymous with Prince’s style,” said Maguire.
“Her bold fashion statements uprooted society’s perceptions of conventional masculinity, challenged preconceived notions about gender performance and encouraged others to be their shameless true selves,” he said. .
“Whether it was a perfectly ruffled blouse, a bespoke suit or an expertly designed shoe, his style was always avant-garde, ever-evolving and uniquely Prince,” added Maguire.
Prince fans can see over 300 pairs of custom shoes on display on a wall inside guitar cabinets or even inside a 3D printed grand piano. Although Prince gave a great stage presence with his talent, songwriting, and guitar playing, his physical figure turned out to be small with a shoe size equivalent to that of a 7 to 7 ½ man.
The exhibit features 300 pairs of Princes’ most iconic shoes and is said to be the largest exhibit ever to feature his shoes. Its entire shoe collection includes over 1,200 pairs of custom-designed boots and shoes.
To display Prince’s shoes, Paisley Park partnered with Stratasys, the Twin Cities-based 3D printing innovator, to build the world’s first 3D printed grand piano display case. Also on display is a 9 ‘x 9’ 3D printed polymeric image of Prince, made up of over 347,000 tiny dots. Organizers report that this revolutionary technology has yet to be widely used.
When asked to share a fun story about Prince’s shoes related to his showmanship, Maguire said, “Even Prince’s sneakers have sheer wedge heels that lit up when he walked, and his shoemaker Gary Kazanchyan would buy some light up kids’ shoes, pull our lights out and fit them into Prince’s bespoke shoes, and the next thing you know, Prince wears them on stage in front of thousands of people.
Almost every outfit Prince owned was personalized just for him, including matching custom shoes, giving Prince a clean head-to-toe look that always fearlessly pushed the limits. Many looks were directly inspired by the images Prince would find in fashion magazines.
“We are delighted to share Prince’s beautiful footwear collection with the world, and we are encouraged by the warm welcome that this exhibition is received,” said Maguire. “As a result, tours are constantly selling.”
Kara Hildreth is a freelance journalist based in Farmington.