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Pair of shoes

Pair of shoes

  • Place of origin:

    London (Made)

  • Date:

    2010 (Made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Dawson, Maiko (designer and maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Nubuck, leather, gingham ribbon.

  • Museum number:

    T.121:1, 2-2011

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Maiko Dawson was born in 1970, in Tokyo, Japan. She studied Science and Economy at Japan’s Women’s University (1989-1993) and came to London in 1994 where she gained an HND in Footwear Technology at Cordwainers College (1996). Dawson’s work is typified by its functional quality and humorous aesthetic. All of her shoes are made by hand employing traditional shoe making methods in a diversity of materials such as leather, suede, nubuck, calf, kid, snakeskin, felt, denim, hemp, wool, wood, stone and cork. In recent years, she has expanded her range to include purses and bags. Dawson’s work was featured in the publication ‘Fifty Shoes That Changed the World’, Design Museum (2009). The square toed ballet shoes are one of Dawson’s most distinctive designs.

Physical description

Ballet style shoes with square toe in red nubuck with gingham ribbon.

Place of Origin

London (Made)


2010 (Made)


Dawson, Maiko (designer and maker)

Materials and Techniques

Nubuck, leather, gingham ribbon.


Length: 245 mm, Width: 80 mm, Height: 55 mm

Descriptive line

Pair of shoes, red nubuck, Maiko Dawson, London, 2010.

Production Note

hand made


Nubuck; Leather






Textiles and Fashion Collection

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