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Shoes
(c. 1925)

Artist/s name
Medium
silk, leather, glass button
Measurements
(a-b) 13.0 x 7.6 x 25.0 cm (each)
Place/s of Execution
Belgium
Accession Number
D97.a-b-1972
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Gift of Miss Nina Bagot, 1972
Gallery location
Not on display
About

Shortened skirts focussed attention on footwear. Shoes, which had previously been hidden under long skirts, took on a new visibility in the Art Deco period. Fashioned from luxurious textiles, accents of silver and gold were added to reflect the light, while the cross-bar strap allowed maximum comfort and mobility. This style of shoe continued into the 1930s with variation introduced through differing motifs, textiles or surface patterns.

—text from Edward Steichen & Art Deco Fashion (Jan 1970)