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'Shoes must have very high heels and platforms to put women's beauty on a pedestal,' said Vivienne Westwood of her own designs.

Now the shoes themselves get the pedestal treatment, and visitors to the Bowes museum can witness some of the most consistently coveted objects that the fickle world of fashion has produced in living memory.Westwood made her name bringing fringe movements such as punk into the mainstream, and her footware, from the Toile Print Boot (inspired by 16th-century Dutch Delft) to the Sahara Plimsoll, is fascinatingly eclectic.Visitors have only one month to catch the prestigious exhibition before it then travels to Japan, New York and China.

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