Bunka Gakuen Costume Museum
My heart bleeds for women and their poor feet. I don’t know how I would ever have survived without a left and a right shoe. After an evening of dancing in straight lasts Regency slippers I feel hobbled, I can’t imagine a lifetime of that.
Paire de chaussures de dame, Second Empire, mules à bouts carrés et petits talons en maroquin rouge, garnies de ruchés de ruban framboise et de boucles en métal. (bon état).
My bad google translation: Pair of lady shoes, Second Empire, mules and small square-toed heels in red leather, trimmed with ruched raspberry ribbon and metal buckles. (good).
I love that description!
Lady’s mule slippers with long, narrow Continental toe, early 18th century
Lady’s shoes, Swedish, c. 1700
Sofia Magdalena’s coronation shoes, 1771
Queen Desideria’s coronation shoes, 1829
Queen Lovisa Ulrika’s coronation shoes, 1751
Queen Victoria’s white silk atlas wedding shoes, 1881
Queen Desideria’s silk shoe, including a silk bow decorated with 31 gold-colored spangles
Mrs. Cappelen’s shoes, covered in white silk, from Paris c. 1850
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‘In fact, some have described shoes as “candy for the eye, a poetry of the feet” ‘.
Blue thou art, intensely blue; Flower, whence came thy dazzling hue
Dress AA 1869
Aqua satin shoes with silver braid, c. 1770 The Charleston Museum
I’m home! I feel that I must apologize in advance as this week is going to be extremely busy and I won’t have much time to blog! I have to be in class tomorrow, go in Thursday and try to prepare for a final fitting next week on my WWI Nurse, and prepare for the London launch of the Titanic II on Saturday!
I was going to make one post and talk about my costumes that I made for the Hodshon Huis Ball in Haarlem but I’m a bit rushed on time this week. I’ve been terribly naughty by not updating The Mended Soul and once life settles down I’ll get on that right away!
Until then I’ll post a sneak peek of my very first pelisse (see! I do smile in photos!), the dinner, and my favorite lemon tart! I was offered one slice and instead I passed my slice to the waiter (technically they were called our servants but I wasn’t very comfortable with that term) and took the whole plate from him!
Many of my friends have very kindly told me that I resemble Hortense de Beauharnais and so I decided that it would only be fitting to base my ball gown on her portrait.
I hope these will suffice until I am able to make a proper post!
This salmon covered chopine is dated by the MFA to the late 17th - early 18th, and is almost a replica of the goldenrod covered piece currently in the Bata. It is also similar to the blue velvet covered piece in the (now closed) Brooklyn Museum. After a personal conversation with the curator of the Bata Shoe Museum, it seems that this dating is the result of some confusion, and is likely a piece dating to the early 17th century.
Early 17th Century
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, United States