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Pirouette slippers
2003 {spring-summer, Objet trouvé collection}

leather, suede, metal, cotton, wood, plastic
(a-b) 8.3 × 8.4 × 23.8 cm (each) (slippers)
(c) 9.0 × 12.4 × 3.0 cm (saddle)
(d) 9.0 × 11.4 × 3.0 cm (saddle)
Place/s of Execution
Sydney, New South Wales
(a-b) stamped on sole: (iron cross) / DONNA · MAY / BOLINGER
stamped on sole: (hide symbol) / MADE IN ITALY / 7½
printed in silver leaf on innersole : (iron cross) / DONNA · MAY / BOLINGER
(c-d) label, underside of saddle, embossed in silver leaf on leather: (symbol) / DONNA · MAY / BOLINGER
Accession Number
Australian Fashion and Textiles
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased, 2003
Gallery location
Not on display
Physical description
(a-b) Slip on pump with elongated toe and low wooden heel. The shoe is in black suede and features reinforcing around the throat. The insole is lined in a combination of cream and black kid leather. (c-d) Saddle with manipulated photographic Duchess de Villars (c. 1959) and goldfish. The oblong saddle fit over the shoe, covering the vamp and fastening below the sole with a black leather strap and metal buckle. Lined in black kid leather.