Kicking off during New York Fashion Week, “Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe” opened Sept. 10 at the Brooklyn Museum. On display are 178 shoes — from mid-17th century Italian chopines made from silk, to more current couture like the Vivienne Westwood purple platforms that nearly killed supermodel Naomi Campbell on a Paris runway in 1993.

“It’s all about the rise of the stiletto,” says Lisa Small, the museum’s curator of exhibitions.

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