Fanfare: Opening of ‘Killer Heels’ exhibit at Frick Art & Historical Center
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 1⁄2-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].