Pair of Shoes

1970-72 (made)
Not currently on display at the V&A

Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Pair of dusky pink Mary Jane style pumps in moss crêpe with bar straps and buttons. High heeled court shoes.


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

  • Shoe
  • Shoe
Materials and Techniques
Moss crêpe
Brief Description
Pair of strapped pumps in moss crêpe, designed by Biba, England, 1970-72
Physical Description
Pair of dusky pink Mary Jane style pumps in moss crêpe with bar straps and buttons. High heeled court shoes.
Dimensions
  • Length: 24cm
  • Height: 13cm
  • Heel height height: 7cm
Production typeReady to wear
Marks and Inscriptions
'BIBA / Made in England'
Gallery Label
Barbara Hulanicki re-styled the familiar bar shoe to suit the 'retro' Biba image, blending elements from children's shoes, 1920s styles and dance footwear. They were sold in a range of sludgy purples and pinks to co-ordinate with Biba clothes made in similar crepe fabrics.(1997)
Credit line
Given by Mrs Jackie More
Object history
Registered File number 1992/888.
Historical context
A near-identical pair of these shoes was worn by the actress Katy Manning as regular character 'Jo Grant' in the BBC TV series 'Doctor Who' in the 1972 story "The Curse Of Peladon" (4 episodes). Jo Grant famously wore trendy, super-fashionable clothing in each story, most if not all of which has been identified as being Biba.
Bibliographic Reference
De La Haye, Amy, ed. The Cutting Edge: 50 Years of British Fashion 1947-1997. London: V&A Publications, 1997.
Collection
Accession Number
T.175:1, 2-1992

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record createdOctober 1, 2003
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