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Athena

  • Object:

    Sandals

  • Place of origin:

    London (Tottenham North London , made)

  • Date:

    2014 (made)

  • Credit Line:

    Given by GINA

  • Museum number:

    T.8:1, 2-2015

  • Gallery location:

    On short term loan out for exhibition []

The British luxury shoe brand Gina was established in 1954 by Cypriot-born Mehmet Kurdash and has been producing high-end shoes in London ever since. The family-run company relocated their operations in 2011 to a new 40,000 square feet state-of-the-art unit in North London. The brand is named after the Italian actress Gina Lollobrigida, whose sensual allure and glamour the shoes strove to emulate. Gina shoes are a favourite of royalty, Hollywood celebrities, singers and actresses.
The ‘Athena’ sandals are one of the most successful and popular designs by the brand, particularly for the Middle Eastern market.

Physical description

One pair of flat leather sandals with Swarovski-embellished strap

Place of Origin

London (Tottenham North London , made)

Date

2014 (made)

Marks and inscriptions

GINA
Name of brand on the insole

Dimensions

Height: 50 mm, :, Width: 100 mm, Depth: 240 mm

Object history note

This shoes were created in 2014 and they were given to the V&A in 2015 and included in the exhibition 'Shoes: Pleasure and Pain' (RF:2015/237)

Descriptive line

One pair of flat 'Athena' sandals, GINA, 2014

Labels and date

The flat sandals of British luxury brand GINA, adorned with sparkling crystals, are a favourite of affluent Middle Eastern women. The sandals glimmer with each step underneath women’s floor-length coverings. GINA footwear conjures images of glamour and a lavish lifestyle.

Flat sandals
2014
London
GINA
Leather, glass and metal
Given by GINA
V&A: T.8:1, 2-2015 [13/06/2015 -31/01/2016]

Materials

Leather; Glass; Metal

Categories

Footwear; Fashion; Accessories; Women's clothes

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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