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Pair of Shoes

ca. 1940 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

This pair of gold painted leather shoes is a reinterpretation by New York retailer Saks Fifth Avenue of a particular 1940s heel shape designed by André Perugia. They also sold their own line of shoes, primarily created by innovative couture shoe designers Charles and Mabel Julianelli. The popular wedge design made famous by Ferragamo is seen here with an unusual cut-out base, an interesting gold painted on leather effect, and striking red leather trim and lining.
These shoes were worn by vivacious London socialite Cecile Tonge Stuart, a licensed aviator who was nicknamed 'Bat' for her busy night life. The shoes are significant both for their intriguing design, as well as their place in the wardrobe of a glamorous woman.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Parts
This object consists of 2 parts.

  • Shoe
  • Shoe
Materials and Techniques
Leather
Brief Description
Pair of shoes, F, gold leather, Saks Fifth Avenue, USA, ca. 1940.
Physical Description
Gold leather closed-toe shoe with raised platform heel and crossed leather ankle strap. Lined in red leather, the shoe is fastened by a gold coloured rectangular buckle and has a 8cm heel.
Dimensions
  • Length: 19.2cm
  • Height: 15.5cm
  • Width: 7cm
Marks and Inscriptions
'Saks Fifth Avenue'
Gallery Label
Label for the exhibition Shoes: Pleasure and Pain Exceptionally Modern Perugia André Perugia is considered the first great shoe designer of the 20th century. His elegant and unusual designs set him apart. Although Perugia was famous for his made-to-order shoes, he also designed a ready-to-wear line. In this extraordinary pair of evening sandals, sold by New York retailer Saks Fifth Avenue, the wedge-style heel is carved out, leaving the instep unsupported. Gold leather wedges 1940 France/USA André Perugia for Saks Fifth Avenue Gilded leather and leather Worn by the pilot Cecile Tonge Stuart Given by Kim P. Sands in memory of Cecile ‘Bat’ Stuart V&A: T.83:1, 2-2009(2015-2016)
Credit line
Given by Kim P Sands in memory of Cecile 'Bat' Stuart
Object history
RF File: 2007/530
Summary
This pair of gold painted leather shoes is a reinterpretation by New York retailer Saks Fifth Avenue of a particular 1940s heel shape designed by André Perugia. They also sold their own line of shoes, primarily created by innovative couture shoe designers Charles and Mabel Julianelli. The popular wedge design made famous by Ferragamo is seen here with an unusual cut-out base, an interesting gold painted on leather effect, and striking red leather trim and lining.

These shoes were worn by vivacious London socialite Cecile Tonge Stuart, a licensed aviator who was nicknamed 'Bat' for her busy night life. The shoes are significant both for their intriguing design, as well as their place in the wardrobe of a glamorous woman.
Associated Objects
Collection
Accession Number
T.83:1, 2-2009

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record createdJuly 10, 2009
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