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Pair of shoes

Pair of shoes

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1968-1969 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Smith, Richard (designer)
    Wilkins, Mandy (designer)
    Chelsea Cobbler (designers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Lizard skin and leather

  • Credit Line:

    Given by David Mlinaric

  • Museum number:

    T.491&A-1985

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Chelsea Cobbler was established in 1967 by the designers Richard Smith and Mandy Wilkins. They catered for clients who wanted distinctive shoes to accessorize their outfits. These dramatic dark green lizard skin shoes were purchased and worn by the interior designer David Mlinaric.

The late 1960s saw young men enjoying a greater freedom in dress. More traditionally 'feminine' fabrics such as velvet and chiffon, brighter colours, and more figure-conscious styles were gleefully appropriated for their wardrobes. These shoes, with their simple styling but unexpected colour and material, are typical of clothes found in the new male wardrobes.

Physical description

Pair of men's shoes of dark green lizard skin. Pumps with a brown leather interior.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)

Date

1968-1969 (made)

Artist/maker

Smith, Richard (designer)
Wilkins, Mandy (designer)
Chelsea Cobbler (designers)

Materials and Techniques

Lizard skin and leather

Object history note

Registered File number 1979/1786.

Historical context note

These dark green lizard skin shoes were purchased and worn by the interior designer David Mlinaric. Chelsea Cobbler was established in 1967 by the designers Richard Smith and Mandy Wilkins. They catered for clients who wanted distinctive shoes to accessorize their outfits.

Descriptive line

Pair of men's shoes of dark green lizard skin, designed by Richard Smith and Mandy Wilkins, Chelsea Cobbler, Great Britain, 1968-1969

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.

Labels and date

Chelsea Cobbler shoes found favour with a high-profile fashionable clientele. David Mlinaric wore these shoes with an adventurous combination of yellow trousers and a pink velvet coat acquired in the progressive boutique 'Hung on You'. [1997]

Production Note

Reason For Production: Commission

Materials

Lizard skin; Leather

Categories

Fashion; Footwear; Leather; Men's clothes

Production Type

Haute couture

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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