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The Bata Shoe Museum
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Footwear, sneakers, sneaker culture, high heels, gender, cultural history,
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About Me

I am the Senior Curator of the Bata Shoe Museum and my work focuses on the intersections of fashion, economics, and gender with a particular interest in the history of footwear. I have curated over thirty exhibitions including the blockbuster travelling exhibition Out of the Box: The Rise of Sneaker Culture (2013-2017) and am also widely published.


Recent Publications

Collab. New York: Rizzoli (forthcoming 2019)

Christian Dior by Roger Vivier. New York: Rizzoli (forthcoming 2019)

Shoes: The Meaning of Style. London: Reaktion Press. (2017)

Out of the Box: The Rise of Sneaker Culture. New York: Rizzoli Publishers. (2015)

Standing Tall: The Curious History of Men and Heels. Toronto: The Bata Shoe Museum (2015)

Roger Vivier: Process and Perfection. Toronto: The Bata Shoe Museum. (2012)

On a Pedestal: Renaissance Chopines to Baroque Heels. Toronto: The Bata Shoe Museum. (2009)

Heights of Fashion: A History of the Elevated Shoe. Introductory essay by Linda Nochlin. New York: Periscope Publishing. (2008)

Media Coverage
Semmelhack has been featured in articles and interviews in most major newspapers including the New York Times, the Washington Post, L.A. Times and Wall Street Journal as well as magazines such as National Geographic, Vogue, Elle, InStyle, W Magazine, Wome
Country Focus
My focus has been footwear in Western fashion but I am familiar with footwear and footwear history internationally
Expertise by Geography
United States, Western Europe
Expertise by Chronology
2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9
Expertise by Topic
Gender, Material Culture, Women