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Mules - Poirete

Poirete

  • Object:

    Mules

  • Place of origin:

    Italy (Made in Italy, designed in London )

  • Date:

    1998/99

  • Artist/Maker:

    Blahnik, Manolo, born 1942 (designer)
    Manolo Blahnik

  • Materials and Techniques:

    felt, leather and chinchilla

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs Fiona McWatters

  • Museum number:

    T.18:1,2-2015

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The pair of ‘Poirete’ mules is an excellent example of the designer’s designs from the end of the 1990s when the ‘mule’ style of shoe (a backless shoe which slips onto the front of the foot) was very popular. Blahnik was at this time producing very feminine shoes which referenced historical styles, in particular those of the 18th century. The name of this shoe is that of the early 20th-century designer Paul Poiret who was known for his use of innovative textiles, print and embroidery, often drawing inspiration from folk dress, which he interpreted in a luxurious fashion. Here the seemingly simple grey felt is embellished with silk embroidery and set against opulent chinchilla fur. Manolo Blahnik (1942), CBE, is globally renowned as one of the leading shoe designers in the contemporary fashion world. The design construction and materials of Blahnik’s shoes are always of the highest quality. He begins each design with a sketch, then hand-carves the lasts, selects the materials, and personally oversees the production of each style.

Physical description

Pair of fur trimmed mules

Place of Origin

Italy (Made in Italy, designed in London )

Date

1998/99

Artist/maker

Blahnik, Manolo, born 1942 (designer)
Manolo Blahnik

Materials and Techniques

felt, leather and chinchilla

Marks and inscriptions

Manolo Blahnik

'P FLEBO NOLO5O KLIN5O FR. 41739 COL. 9726/CINCILLA'

Dimensions

Height: 70 mm, Length: 270 mm, Width: 130 mm

Object history note

RF 2014/831

Descriptive line

One pair of felt embroidered chinchilla fur-trimmed mules ‘Poirete’, Manolo Blahnik, AW 1998/99

Materials

Felt; Leather; Chincilla fur

Techniques

Shoe-making

Categories

Fashion; Women's clothes; Footwear

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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