The Metropolitan Museums 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 wasnt 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.
Womens footwear embraced more variations in the twentieth century than in the entire previous history of fashion. Balancing function and fantasy, the great designers of the twentieth century created some of the most beautiful shoes ever made, adapting styles from the past with a contemporary sensibility. Images of shoes from The Costume Institute in the Museum’s collection are featured on these miniature magnets. Includes 9 magnets in a resealable plastic case. Epoxy surface.
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