Virtual Exhibit Highlights 40 Years of Fashionable Footwear

For four decades, shoe designer Stuart Weitzman has dazzled the world of high-fashion with his stunning footwear. Today, his most memorable designs go on display in new, online shoe museum at www.shoesasart.com.

The museum, a multimedia presentation, offers a breathtaking retrospective of Weitzman's craftsmanship and artistry. Titled "Shoes as Art," the virtual exhibit features 13 Weitzman originals created between 1961 and the present. Visitors can enter the museum at http://www.shoesasart.com, or via the Stuart Weitzman Web site (www.stuartweitzman.com), and begin their walk through Weitzman history.

The museum displays every shoe as unique work of art. As visitors click through the exhibit, each design emerges from an animated background that showcases the shoe as a masterpiece. The exhibit also contains a brief "biography" of each shoe, offering fascinating insight into the story of its creation. Among the many little-known facts included in the museum are the charming inspiration behind "Charlotte's Web," an evening shoe from 1985, and the enormous technological challenges that Weitzman overcame to create the show-stopping "Spindletop" sling-back in 1986.

"Shoes as Art" reveals Weitzman's genius for creating shoes that are trend-setting, yet timelessly elegant. "Eve," a striking evening shoe included in the exhibit looks just as breathtaking in the new millennium as it did in 1979. Like the great masterworks, Weitzman classics never go out of style.

The debut of the shoe museum marks another milestone at www.stuartweitzman.com, the premiere online destination for anyone who's "a little obsessed with shoes." The museum and Weitzman's website were designed by IDEV, an interactive consulting and development agency based in Silver Spring, Maryland. "'Shoes as Art' is a testament to the enduring appeal of Stuart Weitzman designs," says IDEV President Bruce Lupin. "We are excited to chronicle his career in this unique online venue."

Stuart Weitzman, Inc. is one of the country's premiere designers of high- fashion women's footwear. Stuart Weitzman creates more than 300 styles each year, from sneakers and oxfords to sandals and stilettos. Known for their unique designs, wide range of sizes, and exotic materials, Weitzman's shoes are sold in 45 countries. Weitzman shoes are worn by actresses and fashion models, and are frequently featured in fashion magazines worldwide.

IDEV is headquartered in Silver Spring, Maryland, and led by Bruce Lupin, a 16-year interactive industry veteran. IDEV offers a full set of online strategy, design, development, integration and marketing services, with special focus on fashion, consumer retailing and business e-commerce. Its clients include Etienne Aigner, Stuart Weitzman, Inc., Hair Cuttery, the Ms. Foundation, and McGraw-Hill.