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.
Skipping ahead of ourselves into the early 19th century.
The Met says: Pietro Yantorny (1874-1936), the self-proclaimed “most expensive shoemaker in the world”, was a consummate craftsman utterly devoted to the art of shoemaking. Yantorny sought to create the most perfectly crafted shoes possible for a select and exclusive clientele of the most perfectly dressed people. This pair of mules was made for Rita de Acosta Lydig (1880-1927), an avid collector of lace and antique textiles. Lydig dressed in a strongly personal style, often displaying Orientalist tastes in her attire. These mules are inspired by the Turkish babouche; the consequent allusion to the harem was especially appropriate to a boudoir slipper, although it is possible that Lydig wore them with one of her many harem dresses. The fabric is identical to that used in Near Eastern footwear, and was probably either collected by Lydig or embroidered to order.
" And when she saw her she knew her for Snow-white, and could not stir from the place for anger and terror. For they had ready red-hot iron shoes, in which she had to dance until she fell down dead.”
I was going to save these for tomorrow’s post but I couldn’t wait that long to share them!! I can’t decide whether to hate them or love them?
Slippers possibly worn by the Empress Josephine at her coronation, December 2,1804. - Musee de la mode et du textile, Paris
Look at the bumblebees embroidered on the tip of the slippers!