Shoes

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Plots the history and development of footwear from the time of Henry VIII to Vivienne Westwood's infamous twelve-inch platforms that Naomi Campbell fell off. --Marie Claire

Shoes hold a special fascination for women and men all over the world. This history of footwear, from the Middle Ages to the present day, features spectacular photography to highlight the elegance and beauty of everything from exquisitely embroidered shoes and slippers to an eye-catching array of strappy ...

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Overview


Plots the history and development of footwear from the time of Henry VIII to Vivienne Westwood's infamous twelve-inch platforms that Naomi Campbell fell off. --Marie Claire

Shoes hold a special fascination for women and men all over the world. This history of footwear, from the Middle Ages to the present day, features spectacular photography to highlight the elegance and beauty of everything from exquisitely embroidered shoes and slippers to an eye-catching array of strappy sandals, stilettos, sneakers, and boots.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
The authors, curators in the Department of Textiles and Dress in London's Victoria & Albert Museum, have compiled a glorious array of color photographs and period illustrations of rare bags and shoes from the museum. An informed and fascinating account of the development of shoes and purses since the Middle Ages results. Bags traces the development of this accessory from 14th-century girdle bags to 20th-century purses exhibiting the creative use of leather or manufactured materials. Shoes track decorative shoes, with varying heel heights, from medieval flats to modern lucite heels. Both books discuss men's and women's accessories but picture more of the latter, since more examples have survived. Using small type fonts to fit a great deal of information into a compact size (8" x 7"), these works are history books, not collectors' guides; there are, for example, no price listings. But savvy collectors will wish to read these authoritative tomes to gain familiarity with characteristic styles. Valuable for costume history students and other interested readers in academic, public, and museum libraries.--Therese Duzinkiewicz Baker, Western Kentucky Univ. Libs., Bowling Green Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781851775378
  • Publisher: V & A Publications
  • Publication date: 4/1/2008
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 7.25 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.25 (d)

Meet the Author


Lucy Pratt is curator of Nineteenth-Century Fashion in the V&A’s Department of Furniture, Textiles and Fashion. Linda Woolley has researched and lectured extensively in the field of fashionable dress.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 6
Introduction 8
Ch. 1 Medieval Gothic and the English Renaissance 10
Ch. 2 Heels, Buckles and Bows: The Seventeenth Century 21
Ch. 3 Taste and Elegance: 1700-1750 34
Ch. 4 The Revolutionary Shoe: 1750-1795 44
Ch. 5 Classicism and Romanticism: 1795 to the mid-1830s 57
Ch. 6 Shopping for Shoes: 1700-1835 66
Ch. 7 Towards the Modern Age: 1837-1914 69
Ch. 8 Austerity and Glamour: 1914-1939 84
Ch. 9 Forty Years of Innovation: 1939-1979 94
Ch. 10 Shaping the Future: 1980-1998 111
Glossary 123
Major UK Dress Collections Featuring Shoes 124
Selected Bibliography 125
Index 127
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