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Pair of ankle boots

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain, United Kingdom (made)

  • Date:

    1967 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Quant, Mary, born 1934 (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) lined with cotton jersey

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Susannah Lob

  • Museum number:

    T.59:1, 2-1992

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

  • Image in copyright

Plastic was one of the new materials used by trendsetting designers in the 1960s. These boots were produced for Mary Quant's footwear range, 'Quant Afoot', introduced in 1967. They are made from clear plastic over a coloured lining, and resemble the Chelsea boots with square heels and toes worn by the Beatles during the mid-1960s. The heels are moulded with Mary Quant's signature daisy motif. The wearer would leave a trail of daisy footprints behind her after walking through a puddle.

Physical description

Pair of women's yellow polyvinyl chloride (PVC) ankle boots with a cotton jersey lining. Quant trademark daisy on the bottom of the heel.

Place of Origin

Great Britain, United Kingdom (made)

Date

1967 (made)

Artist/maker

Quant, Mary, born 1934 (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) lined with cotton jersey

Dimensions

Length: 27.5 cm, Height: 11 cm

Object history note

Registered File number 1992/72.

Descriptive line

Pair of women's PVC ankle boots with a cotton jersey lining, designed by Mary Quant, Great Britain, 1967

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

De La Haye, Amy, ed. The Cutting Edge: 50 Years of British Fashion 1947-1997. London: V&A Publications, 1997.
Baker, Malcolm and Richardson, Brenda, eds. A Grand Design: The Art of the Victoria and Albert Museum. London: V&A Publications, 1997. 431 p., ill. ISBN 1851773088.
The Museum's collection of shoes - like its larger twentieth-century dress collection - has been primarily of haute couture examples. It has been only in the past few years that the Museum has sought to expand its shoe collection - recent acquisitions have ranged from 1940s cowboy boots to 1990s Converse Allstars designs, each chosen for its significance in the changing history of fashion in the shoe industry.
Revivalism has been a major theme in the design of twentieth-century shoes. All five of these pairs of shoes demonstrate a nostalgia that is manifest in creating new styles from old. Platforms, although seen as a new style in the 1930s - and subsequently revived in the 1940s, 1970s, and 1990s - had their origins in the chopines of the sixteenth century. The use of synthetics has also become more common in the last century, motivated both by technological innovation and by the scarcity of leather during World War II. Today, synthetics are often seen as an ethical alternative to leather, and companies like Vegetarian Shoes have begun to manufacture design classics - like the "Doc Martens" boot - in brightly coloured polyester.

CATHIE DINGWALL

Exhibition History

Shoes - Pleasure & Pain (V&A 05/2015-02/2016)
Precious: Objects and Changing Values (The Millennium Galleries, Sheffield 02/04/2001-24/06/2001)
Sixties Fashion (Victoria and Albert Museum 06/06/2006-25/02/2007)
A Grand Design - The Art of the Victoria and Albert Museum (Victoria and Albert Museum 12/10/1999-16/01/2000)
The Cutting Edge: 50 Years of British Fashion 1947-1997 (Victoria and Albert Museum 06/03/1997-27/07/1997)

Labels and date

Mary Quant revolutionised teenage fashion with lively designs and the use of unconventional materials such as plastics. The dyed cotton jersey used in these streamlined, clear plastic boots served to absorb perspiration and provide colour. [1997]

Materials

Polyvinyl chloride; Cotton jersey

Techniques

Lined

Categories

Footwear; Fashion; Accessories; Plastic; Women's clothes

Production Type

Ready to wear

Collection code

T&F

Qr_O84584
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