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'Killer Heels' exhibit exceeds expectations

| Friday, Sept. 23, 2016, 12:15 p.m.
Shoes from the collection of Adelaide Howard Childs Frick and Helen Clay Frick on display in the Grable Visitor Center at The Frick Art Museum in Point Breeze on Thursday, June 2, 2016. Pictured are J. & J. Slater slippers from 1905 made of silk satin and silk embroidery.
Stephanie Strasburg | Tribune-Review
Shoes from the collection of Adelaide Howard Childs Frick and Helen Clay Frick on display in the Grable Visitor Center at The Frick Art Museum in Point Breeze on Thursday, June 2, 2016. Pictured are J. & J. Slater slippers from 1905 made of silk satin and silk embroidery.

The first exhibit in the Frick Pittsburgh's new series on the intersection of fashion, design and fine art was a breakout hit. “Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe” was seen by more than 24,000 people during its 12-week run, the most for any Frick exhibition in a decade, according to the museum.

The show ran from June 11 through Sept. 4 and exceeded the Point Breeze museum's projections for both revenue and attendance.

The museum put the show's popularity to good use by partnering with Dress for Success. More than 150 pairs of “gently worn” women's shoes were donated by Frick visitors during the shoe drive on Aug. 13.

The show was the first in a three-year series of fashion-focused exhibitions, which is supported by a $1 million grant from the Richard King Mellon Foundation.

The museum is preparing its next fashion exhibition, “Undressed: A Brief History of Underwear” from the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. It will run from Oct. 21 through Jan. 14, 2017. The Frick is the only North American venue for the show, which reflects society's changing attitudes toward the body, morality and sex.

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