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Fanfare: Opening of ‘Killer Heels’ exhibit at Frick Art & Historical Center

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Julia Teti and her mother, Betsy, admired the footwear on display during the preview party for Killer Heels: The Art of the High Heeled Shoe, at The Frick Pittsburgh, in Point Breeze. June 9, 2016.
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Tiny white chocolate high heels filled with chocolate mousse provided a sweet treat during the preview party for Killer Heels: The Art of the High Heeled Shoe, at the Frick Art Museum, in Point Breeze. June 9, 2016.
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Laura Dawson joined Timothy McVay during the preview party for Killer Heels: The Art of the High Heeled Shoe, at the Frick Art Museum, in Point Breeze. June 9, 2016.
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Shoes were the centerpiece during the preview party for Killer Heels: The Art of the High Heeled Shoe, at the Frick Art Museum, in Point Breeze. June 9, 2016.
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Ellen and Dr. Loren Roth attended the preview party for Killer Heels: The Art of the High Heeled Shoe, at The Frick Pittsburgh, in Point Breeze. June 9, 2016.
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Nick and Michelle Dialoiso attended during the preview party for Killer Heels: The Art of the High Heeled Shoe, at The Frick Pittsburgh, in Point Breeze. June 9, 2016.
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Miss Reanimation didn’t need a kick in the head to greet guests with a smile during the preview party for Killer Heels: The Art of the High Heeled Shoe, at the Frick Art Museum, in Point Breeze. June 9, 2016.
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Khrysta Brown attended the preview party for Killer Heels: The Art of the High Heeled Shoe, at The Frick Pittsburgh, in Point Breeze. June 9, 2016.
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Pamela Peele joined The Frick Pittsburgh’s board chair of trustees Cary Reed and director Robin Nicholson during a ribbon cutting to open the preview party for Killer Heels: The Art of the High Heeled Shoe, at The Frick Pittsburgh, in Point Breeze. June 9, 2016.
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Stephen C. Seay attended the preview party for Killer Heels: The Art of the High Heeled Shoe, at The Frick Pittsburgh, in Point Breeze. June 9, 2016.
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Frick trustee Kirk Johnson joined Henry Krakovsky during the preview party for Killer Heels: The Art of the High Heeled Shoe, at The Frick Pittsburgh, in Point Breeze. June 9, 2016.
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The Frick Pittsburgh director Robin Nicholson and his wife, Dianne, celebrated during the preview party for Killer Heels: The Art of the High Heeled Shoe, at The Frick Pittsburgh, in Point Breeze. June 9, 2016.
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Liz Baker attended the preview party for Killer Heels: The Art of the High Heeled Shoe, at The Frick Pittsburgh, in Point Breeze. June 9, 2016.
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Shruti Gupta made a well-heeled red carpet entrance during the preview party for Killer Heels: The Art of the High Heeled Shoe, at The Frick Pittsburgh, in Point Breeze. June 9, 2016.
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Chelsea Hunt was among the guests attending the preview party for Killer Heels: The Art of the High Heeled Shoe, at The Frick Pittsburgh, in Point Breeze. June 9, 2016.
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Tina Savah attended the preview party for Killer Heels: The Art of the High Heeled Shoe, at The Frick Pittsburgh, in Point Breeze. June 9, 2016.
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Greg Barrett and Kelly Gates walked the red carpet during the preview party for Killer Heels: The Art of the High Heeled Shoe, at The Frick Pittsburgh, in Point Breeze. June 9, 2016.
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Event co-chair Sandra Reiman made a black and white fashion statement during the preview party for Killer Heels: The Art of the High Heeled Shoe, at The Frick Pittsburgh, in Point Breeze. June 9, 2016.
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Lisa Hanlin attended the preview party for Killer Heels: The Art of the High Heeled Shoe, at The Frick Pittsburgh, in Point Breeze. June 9, 2016.
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Tim Komen chatted with other guests during the preview party for Killer Heels: The Art of the High Heeled Shoe, at The Frick Pittsburgh, in Point Breeze. June 9, 2016.
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Emy Mack Jamison served as a co-chair for the preview party for Killer Heels: The Art of the High Heeled Shoe, at The Frick Pittsburgh, in Point Breeze. June 9, 2016.

For the first time in its history, guests of the Frick Art & Historical Center in Point Breeze were more interested in what was gracing the floors than what was hanging on the walls.

“Tonight is one of the only times you can look at someone from head to toe and it’s not rude,” Vivian Benter said.

“Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe” debuted June 9 to a sold-out crowd of 400 who had been buzzing about the opening-night party for weeks. Upon arrival, however, it was the sight of half a dozen drag queens flanking the entrance that caused even more commotion.

“Why wouldn’t they be here? We know they’ll wear great shoes,” said co-chairwoman Emy Mack Jamison, who arrived wearing a custom pair of $3,900 Emy Mack stilettos adorned with hand-placed, multicolored Swarovski crystals.

Elsewhere, barbs naturally began to fly once the gents were challenged as to where their killer heels were.

“I threw them away 30 years ago,” David Pferdehirt said. “Actually, I think I still have them in the attic.”

While some chose to mingle under the white tents, those who couldn’t stand the wait any longer made a beeline for the exhibit once director Robin Nicholson did the honors with the ribbon cutting. Almost immediately, it was a pair of Rolando Segalin platforms boasting a 9 12-inch heel that inspired the most conversation.

“That’s suicidal!” Jackie Dixon commented.

On the list were co-chairwomen Diane Holder, Erin Isler, Sandra Reiman and Carolyn Snyder; Scott Izzo andTerri Wolfe, Sam Reiman, Sue and Scott Lammie, Drs. Loren and Ellen Roth, John Lovelace and Joanne Schultz, board chair Cary and Richard Reed, Lou Cestello, Mike Anselmo, Sylvia Diez, and Dr. Pamela Peele.

Kate Benz is a Tribune-Review contributing writer. Reach her at [email protected].

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