DescriptionThe Museum’s Pink Shoe Bookmark is based on a pink satin and lace slingback pump, embroidered with pink beads and sequins, in the Costume Institute. From earliest times, footwear has served as a reflection of current fashion trends and designers’ visions. The more than two thousand shoes in the Metropolitan Museum’s Costume Institute are cherished both as artifacts of social history and as inspirations for future styles. They allow a fascinating glimpse into the lives and times of those who made and wore them. Balancing function and fantasy, the great designers of the twentieth century created some of the most beautiful shoes ever made, often adapting styles from the past with a contemporary sensibility.
Photo-etched brass with magenta tassel. 3 1/4''L.
- 3 1/4''L
- Photo-etched brass with magenta tassel
Art HistoryThe Metropolitan Museum’s Costume Institute houses over 5,000 examples of shoes throughout history and across cultures. The collection includes shoes dating back to the fourteenth century, in which materials used to make them included thick woven cloth, wool felt, and various grades of leather. Shoes became more functional and affordable to the middle class as more technology and industrialization advanced around the late eighteenth century. It was not until the twentieth century that designers took creative reign on shoes, experimenting with materials, styles, and construction. Shoes by designers and manufacturers such as Roger Vivier, Salvatore Ferragamo, Vivienne Westwood, Herbert Levine, Manolo Blahnik, and Charles Jourdan can be found in The Costume Institute collection.