Vintage Shoes: Collecting and Wearing Twentieth-Century Designer Footwear

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Caroline Cox takes fashion lovers on an exquisite journey through the most stylish footwear of the twentieth century. Vintage Shoes illuminates the crucial designers, key technical breakthroughs, and varied cultural influences that have shaped shoe fashion for the last hundred years—from André Perugia’s designs for society women in the 1920s to the Christian Louboutin red-soled shoes favored by celebrities today, and including designs by Salvatore Ferragamo, Charles Jourdan, Roger Vivier, Beth Levine, Vivienne Westwood, Manolo Blahnik, and others. Lavish fashion photography, specially commissioned photographs of rare period footwear, and a unique shopping guide—with tips on sourcing and caring for articles of vintage fashion—help make Vintage Shoes an unforgettable tour through a dazzling corner of haute couture history.

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Vintage Shoes: Collecting and Wearing Twentieth-Century Designer Footwear is the ultimate guide to the most exemplary women's shoes from the turn of the twentieth century through the present day. Accompanied by detailed text, this beautiful book offers breathtaking images, stunning fashion photography, and exquisite period footwear designs from the most collectable and fabulous designers.

Each chapter focuses on a specific decade and is a rich survey of each era, revealing how footwear has been influenced by fashion, society, and world events. The most important designers and signature looks are examined in great detail and are accompanied by myriad examples of each type of shoe style. Finally, each chapter ends with a Key Looks feature showcasing all the important shapes, materials, and iconic designs that defined the era.

Vintage Shoes concludes with a shopping and collecting guide, offering advice on sourcing and caring for vintage shoes, along with a glossary of the most influential shoemakers of the last century. This book is an invaluable resource for lovers of fashion and shoes, as well as a visual delight revealing exquisite and groundbreaking work from the most talented and innovative designers of the twentieth century.

About the Author:

Caroline Cox, professor of cultural history at the University of the Arts London, is a leading fashion authority whose work explores the relationship between fashion, beauty, and culture. A lecturer and broadcaster, she is also a cultural trends advisor at Vidal Sassoon. Her previous books include Stiletto, Seduction, and The Handbag.

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