This may look like a gratuitous excuse to show pictures of sexylicious Christian Louboutin shoes! However, it is really to show you some of the amazing talks and events taking place at the Design Museum this summer. And because of the landmark exhibition of Louboutin’s work, quite a few of those are shoe-flavoured. Please look at the Design Museum website for more information about cost and to see all the events available for you to take part in.

This late opening was made for walking because you are not alone in your love of shoes. Indulge your footwear passion in this fairytale-flavoured, footwear-focused gathering. You will be filmed modelling your favourite shoes on the catwalk, with the images being projected onto the side of the museum. Meet emerging designers to glimpse the future of footwear.
Decorate your feet red and dance through the galleries to contagious tunes…
Shoe and Tell
4th May
6 – 10PM

Dan Germain has been Innocent’s creative director since the brand’s launch. He’s in charge of the look, the feel and the words (which he writes himself). He runs an in-house design team and also commissions external agencies.
Together with Joby Barnard, formerly an in-house designer and one of several who helped to shape the brand, he’ll explain how Innocent created their own image with only a little outside help.
Designer Breakfast was established in 2005 by designers Mike Abrahams and Amanda Tatham staging monthly events around the themes of entrepreneurship, co-ownership and co-creation.
Designer Breakfast
Not So Innocent
Dan Germain
15th May
8AM – 9.30AM

In a discussion examining an architect’s view of photography, John Pawson explains the motivation behind the images featuring in his latest Phaidon publication, ‘A Visual Inventory’. The book consists of 136 pairs of images selected from an extensive archive of photographs taken by the designer as part of a visual documentation of things that he believes describe an underlying idea.
Following the talk, John Pawson will be available to sign copies of the book which is available from  the Design Museum shop.
A Visual Inventory
John Pawson in conversation with Design Museum Director Deyan Sudjic
15th May

Visit the Christian Louboutin show until the unorthodox hour of 11pm and let us prepare you for your slumbers with lullabies and red shoe bedtime tales.
All the museum galleries will remain open later than ever before as part of this year’s Museums at Night festival.
Design Museum at Bedtime
18th May
8PM – 11PM

Join one of the Design Museum’s informal 30 minute guided tours of Christian Louboutin to learn about the exhibition from an expert’s perspective. Tours are free with museum entry. There is no pre booking but please be aware that numbers are limited.
Gallery Tours
20th May

Interviewed by Grazia Style Director Paula Reed, Christian Louboutin talks about his creative process and achievements, featured in the muchanticipated exhibition of his work. Twitter questions will be selected for Christian to respond to on the night. Submit yours in advance to @DesignMuseum #LouboutinTalk or Tweet live in response to the discussion.
The event will be streamed live via
Christian Louboutin in conversation with Paula Reed
24th May
General booking opens midday 20th April

Join us for a guided tour of the Christian Louboutin show followed by a special dinner at the Blueprint Café restaurant with Exhibition Curator Donna Loveday. Over dinner Donna will speak about her methods of curation and motivations behind this landmark show. Ticket includes aperitif on arrival, private viewing of Christian Louboutin, presentation by a Design Museum curator, three-course dinner with coffee and service charge. Additional drinks excluded.
To book email or phone 020 7378 7031.
Dinner with the Curator
29th May

Study closely the work of Christian Louboutin through observational drawing in this informal 60 minute tour and workshop. First of all be guided through the show by a design specialist and then settle into explorative sketching with the support of a drawing tutor. Sketch books and materials provided. Drawing tours are free with museum entry. There is no pre booking but please be aware that numbers are limited.
Sunday Gallery Drawing
17th June

Designer Night returns bringing together over a dozen established figures from shoe and accessory industries. Hear makers, designers, buyers, and promoters offer a piece of #sounddesignadvice and then quiz them yourself in an informal networking session. This event aims to bring together emerging and established design industry talent to break down generational barriers and share experience. If you would like to volunteer as one of the experienced advice givers please drop a line to
Shoe Designer Night
18th June

Learn about the creative and technical processes behind contemporary shoe making in this three-part series. The first evening features a private tour of the Christian Louboutin exhibition led by curator Donna Loveday, while the following two demonstration-based sessions include exclusive visits to the East London workshops of men’s shoe maker Sebastian Tarek and ladies’ shoe designer Chau Har Lee.
Shoes – This Is How They’re Made
19 June

20 June

21 June

It’s the last chance to see Christian Louboutin and the very first chance to experience some indigenous dressing up, dance and song at the Design Museum. French footwear meets English folk is the perfect mix for a summer night. Join us for a lazy evening of costume workshops, dancing lessons and seasonal summer fair.
Design Overtime
Summer Party
29th June
6PM – 10PM

Join one of the Design Museum’s informal 30 minute guided tours of Christian Louboutin to learn about the exhibition from an expert’s perspective. Tours are free with museum entry. There is no pre booking but please be aware that numbers are limited.
Gallery Tours
1st July

Few other design objects provoke such passionate enthusiasm as the ‘humble’ bicycle. In an evening of discussions, demonstrations, screenings and presentations, mingle with some of the leading riders and players in bike design as we get down and dirty and just plain geeky over bikes! Check out for details of the ever expanding programme.
Bike V Design
7th September

Come see who the Design Museum scouts have poached among the myriad of exhibitors of this year’s London Design Festival. Up to 14 designers who featured in the festival are invited to present at the Design Museum’s autumn PechaKucha. Devised by Klein Dytham architecture and deriving its name from the Japanese term for the sound of ‘chit chat’, PechaKucha consists of a series of presentations where each participant shows 20 images for 20 seconds.
28th September


Christian Louboutin, John Pawson,