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On Nov. 19, the Bata Shoe Museum will present an extensive collection of shoes dating back more than 500 years. In the once-in-a-lifetime exhibition titled “On a Pedestal,” two forms of footwear — the chopine and the high heel — will be applauded for their extraordinary influences on Western dressing. The high heel has certainly made its impact on today’s woman, but it owes its fashion standing to its predecessor, the chopine, which defined women’s style and status in the 15th, 16th and 17th centuries (the higher the chopine platform, the higher a woman’s social standing). Prestigious lenders from all over Europe have contributed rare shoe artifacts from the Renaissance and Baroque periods to the Toronto museum, which examines the shoes’ origins and cultural significance and ties them to the politics, gender and art issues of those times. The exhibition will run through Sept. 20, 2010. For more information about “On a Pedestal,” visit Fratangelo


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