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Pair of evening pumps

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    c.1960 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    John Lobb (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Cecil Beaton

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Black patent leather evening pumps with grosgrain bow.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)


c.1960 (made)


John Lobb (made)

Materials and Techniques


Object history note

From the personal wardrobe of Sir Cecil Beaton.

Descriptive line

Black patent leather evening pumps with grosgrain bow. John Lobb, Britain, c.1960.

Labels and date

The slipper style of man's shoe, with its tailored grosgrain bow, has been correct formal evening and dance wear since the late 18th century. Cecil Beaton, who was accustomed to only the finest attire, had his shoes hand-made by John Lobb Ltd. Up to six craftsmen are involved in the making of a pair of their luxurious shoes. Personal wooden lasts ensure a perfect fit. [1997]


Patent leather; Grosgrain




Footwear; Fashion; Clothing; Men's clothes; Formal wear; Evening wear; Europeana Fashion Project


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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