- NAME of event: “Out of the Box: The Rise of Sneaker Culture” by Elizabeth Semmelhack, Senior Curator, Bata Shoe Museum
DATE: Thursday, March 2, 2017
- LOCATION: Gleason Performing Arts Center
- ADDRESS of the location: Florida Institute of Technology, 150 W. University Blvd., Melbourne, FL 32901
- PRICE: Free Admission
- PHONE NUMBER for public use: 321-674-8313
- Website: http://411.fit.edu/threads
About the Lecture:
How did sneakers transform from sports footwear to staples of street fashion central to expressions of masculinity? This talk explores the fascinating history of the sneaker from the nineteenth century to the present and considers the cultural impact of sneakers in America.
About Elizabeth Semmelhack:
Elizabeth Semmelhack, Senior Curator, Bata Shoe Museum
Recently named by Fashion magazine as one of the world’s top five game-changing fashion curators, Elizabeth Semmelhack, Senior Curator at the Bata Shoe Museum, focuses on the construction of gender in relation to dress with a particular interest in the history of footwear. Most recently she has curated Standing Tall: The Curious History of Men in Heels (2015) and the blockbuster travelling exhibition The Rise of Sneaker Culture travelling under the auspices of the American Federation of the Arts.
Semmelhack has been featured in articles and interviews in New York Times, Vogue, Elle, InStyle, W Magazine, Forbes Magazine, The New Yorker Magazine, GQ Magazine, and many others. She has also published a number of books, catalogs and academic articles including: Standing Tall: The Curious History of Men in Heels (2015), Out of the Box: The Rise of Sneaker Culture (2015), Fashion Victims: The Pleasures and Perils of Dress in the 19th Century; and Heights of Fashion: A History of the Elevated Shoe (2008). Her forthcoming book Shoes: The Meaning of Style with Reaktion Press will be released in Fall 2017.
Images: Sneakers, Pierre Hardy, 2011. Collection of the Bata Shoe Museum. Photography by Ron Wood; Headshot courtesy of Elizabeth Semmelhack.