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On display at V&A South Kensington
Japan, Room 45, The Toshiba Gallery

This object consists of 3 parts, some of which may be located elsewhere.

Heel-less shoes

Pair of Shoes
2021 (made)
Place Of Origin

object details
Object Type
This object consists of 3 parts.

  • Shoe
  • Shoe
  • Storage Box
Materials and Techniques
Brief Description
Pair of heel-less shoes, dyed and embossed leather, safflower pigment and metal, by Noritaka Tatehana in collaboration with Isehan-Honten, Tokyo, Japan, 2021

  • Height: 30cm
  • Width: 10cm
  • Depth: 20cm
Gallery Label
These gravity-defying ‘heel-less shoes’ are the signature style of artist Noritaka Tatehana. They are inspired by the elevated wooden clogs worn by courtesans during the Edo period (1615–1868). The three pairs seen here are Tatehana’s latest creation made in collaboration with the cosmetics company, Isehan Honten. The partnership was made possible by the Edo Tokyo Kirari Project, initiated by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, which aims to promote the enduring appeal of the capital’s traditional craftsmanship into the 21st century.(31/5/2022)
Credit line
Given by Noritaka Tatehana and Isehan Honten Co., Ltd.
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record createdFebruary 23, 2022
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