The Brooklyn Museum's latest fashion exhibition is basically your dream closet — if you were a cross between Steven Tyler, the empress dowager of China, and Elton John. The show features over 160 pairs of high heels that have made their mark in history, covering everything from mid-17th-century chopines to 1960s Dior glass slippers (designed by Roger Vivier) to those furry Céline heels from 2013. Also on display: pop-culture gems, like Marilyn Monroe's Ferragamo stilettos and United Nude's black leather platform booties made especially for Lady Gaga.
Alongside the collection of wild-and-crazy Christian Louboutin, Vivienne Westwood, and Prada shoes are six custom short films (directed by Ghada Amer and Reza Farkhondeh, Zach Gold, Steven Klein, Nick Knight, Marilyn Minter, and Rashaad Newsome) that highlight the way heels influence and infiltrate other facets of life — particularly the arts. They're so much more than shoes, they're a way of life.
Click through to see 25 insane pairs of heels, from a 3-D Iris Van Herpen wedge to Swarovski crystal-embellished Nicholas Kirkwood pumps.