The Rise of Sneaker Culture

Posted On: 21st of April, 2017
Posted In: Out and About

More than 150 rare and iconic sneakers are coming to Perth

After popular showings in Toronto, Brooklyn and Atlanta, the international exhibition The Rise of Sneaker Cultureheads to AGWA for its only Australian presentation.

The Rise of Sneaker Culture is the first exhibition to explore the complex social history and cultural significance of the footwear now worn by billions of people throughout the world

International exhibition opens Saturday 13 May | FREE
Sneaker Saturday – 10am-4pm, Saturday 13 May | FREE


The Rise of Sneaker Culture is the first museum exhibition in North America, and now in Australia, to examine the sneaker's complex and fascinating social history, from its origins in the mid-nineteenth century to its role in the present day as a status symbol of urban culture.

Originating at the Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto and organised by the American Federation of Arts, the international travelling exhibition has had popular showings in Toronto, Brooklyn, Atlanta and Oakland, and now heads to AGWA for its only Australian presentation.

On display are shoes from the archives of Adidas, Converse, Nike and Puma, as well as private collectors such as legendary hip-hop group Run-DMC, sneaker guru Bobbito Garcia (Kool Bob Love) and Dee Wells of Obsessive Sneaker Disorder. Also featured are sneaker collaborations between celebrities, artists and high-end fashion houses, including Rihanna, Kanye West, Sophia Chang, Tom Sachs, Damien Hirst, Prada, and Lanvin.


MY SNEAKER STORY
Sneakers are worn by billions of people around the world. Across fashion, music, sport, street, self-expression, work – there's a sneaker story to be told, and AGWA's asking for yours. Thanks to Singapore Airlines, you could win a trip for two to San Francisco, simply by sharing your favourite sneaker story via Instagram. It could be the pair that saw you travel around the world. Fashion kicks that scored cred with your crew. Or maybe the ones you were wearing when you took 3 for 6 at cricket. Sport, street, fashion, travel or work … if it’s your story, AGWA wants to hear it. To enter, simply submit a short video with #mysneakerstory.
The competition runs 10am, 5 April 2017 through to 5pm, 4 September 2017 (AWT).

Check out the promo video here Sneaker Heads