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Pair of shoes

Pair of shoes

  • Place of origin:

    United States (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1940 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Saks Fifth Avenue (retailer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Leather

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Kim P Sands in memory of Cecile 'Bat' Stuart

  • Museum number:

    T.83:1, 2-2009

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

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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 Salvatore Ferragamo. Saks Fifth Avenue was a retailer of Ferragamo footwear since 1937. 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.

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.

Place of Origin

United States (made)

Date

ca. 1940 (made)

Artist/maker

Saks Fifth Avenue (retailer)

Materials and Techniques

Leather

Marks and inscriptions

'Saks Fifth Avenue'

Dimensions

Length: 19.2 cm, Height: 15.5 cm, Width: 7 cm

Descriptive line

Pair of shoes, F, gold leather, Saks Fifth Avenue, USA, ca. 1940.

Exhibition History

Shoes - Pleasure & Pain (V&A 05/2015-02/2016)

Materials

Leather

Categories

Footwear; Fashion; Accessories

Collection code

T&F

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