BY RYAN EMBERLEY – MAY 9, 2015.
This week, the Bata Shoe Museum celebrated 20 years with a dazzling event at its location on Bloor West. The world’s only footwear-focused museum saw three of its floors decked out with shoe-shaped desserts, shoe art, and one giant pink-soled high heel for good measure. When it comes to her hosting skills, 88-year-old Sonja Bata (the museum’s founder) hasn’t missed a step. She floated near the entrance greeting guests, including the museum’s famed architect Raymond Moriyama.
Also in attendance on this eve was Bata’s extended family: daughter Christine Bata Schmidt, granddaughter Alexandra Weston and her husband Galen Weston Jr. Rounding out the VIP guest list was FASHION Magazine‘s Bernadette Morra and Lil Lozinski, Holt Renfrew‘s Lisa Tant and Moira Wright, Eric & Dana Margolis, and shoe designer Ron White.
After the brief tour of a new exhibit (Standing Tall: The Curious History of Men in Heels) and a round of remarks, a spirited dance party broke out in the downstairs space– high heels be damned!