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Not currently on display at the V&A

Pair of Shoes

1971 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Designer shoemakers came to the fore in 1960s fashion. Richard Smith and Mandy Wilkins started Chelsea Cobbler in 1967. This pair of women's shoes is an example of their extraordinary footwear. Butterfly-wing shapes frame the wearer's ankles in an exuberant, sculptural display.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Parts
This object consists of 2 parts.

  • Shoe
  • Shoe
Materials and Techniques
Leather
Brief Description
Pair of leather shoes, made by Chelsea Cobbler, Great Britain, 1971
Physical Description
Pair of cream leather shoes with the uppers decorated with green and brown leather 'butterfly wings' at the ankles. Open and backless at the heels. Medium high heels. The uppers are slim fitting with rounded toes.
Dimensions
  • Heel height: 7.5cm
  • Top of wing to sole height: 16cm
  • Length: 23.5cm
  • Width: 7.5cm
Production typeMass produced
Marks and Inscriptions
'The Chelsea Cobbler' (Makers's mark on label)
Credit line
Given by Mr Paul Getty, Jr.
Summary
Designer shoemakers came to the fore in 1960s fashion. Richard Smith and Mandy Wilkins started Chelsea Cobbler in 1967. This pair of women's shoes is an example of their extraordinary footwear. Butterfly-wing shapes frame the wearer's ankles in an exuberant, sculptural display.
Bibliographic Reference
De la Haye, Amy (ed.). The Cutting Edge: 50 Years of British Fashion 1947- 1997. London : V&A Publications, 1997plate 127
Collection
Accession Number
T.106&A-1974

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record createdDecember 29, 2003
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