Summer might seem far away but savvy travellers are already planning ahead, and those busy arranging a trip to Florence should not forget to make time for a visit to theSalvatore Ferragamo Museum, which will be hosting an exhibition dedicated toMarilyn Monroe’s shoes from June 2012 until January 2013. What better way to learn a little about art, fashion and the world’s most iconic film star?
Salvatore Ferragamo converted shoe design into an art form to which he dedicated his entire life, opening his first shop at the age of 13 just outside of Naples. His almost obsessive quest for the perfect shoe lead him to study everything from human anatomy to mathematics, and took him across the Atlantic to the USA, then back toItaly again, where he felt he could find the best craftmanship. Salvatore’s methods were were scientific and precise, yet his creations were, and still are, beautifully whimsical and playful, works of art in their own right.
It was the opening of Ferragamo’s Hollywood Boot Shop in California that placed him at the very epicentre of the world’s most prolific film industry and cemented his position as shoemaker to the stars of the silver screen. The era’s biggest icon, Marilyn Monroe, was no exception.
Throughout the 1950s, he designed more than 40 gorgeous pairs of shoes for Monroe that contributed to her iconic image, helping to form the legend that she subsequently became. The exhibition will showcase much of this footwear, as well as other items of clothing and artwork dedicated to the star. The exhibition will include treasures such as beautiful Dorothy-esque Swarovski crystal shoes, a red version of the pair worn by Monroe in Let’s Make Love, although the star of the show will undoubtedly be the slinky stilettos paired with thatbillowing white dress in The Seven Year Itch in one of the most iconic images of all time.
Bright yellows, oceanic turquoise, grass-green, soft gray - Atwood used such a variety of colors keeping the collection playful, sexy and vibrant for spring/summer. There’s also several different types of embellishment including fringe, chunky gold chain, gold mesh, mini belts, braided raffia and embroidered leather inspired by Native American patchwork.
Walter Stegier’s Spring 2012 collection is the perfect paradox. We see delicate, minimalistic sandals like thePunchy and Philo and also several bold designs like the Prunelle and Prestance featuring the signature curved Steiger heel. Materials include raphia, patent leather, python and crocodile with a mix of bright neon tones. Most recently we’ve seen Elizabeth Banks in the Muse, Malin Akerman in the Punchy and Fergie wore the Prestance to the Grammys.
"Those sugarplum shoe fairies also happened upon a little gated street, circa 2007/2008, behind the Royal Hospital in Whitechapel, London. Inhabited, for the most part, by University of the Arts students. There they discovered the lovely Elizabeth Dunn and shared some of their fabulous footwear magic with her too. I was lucky enough to live on the aforementioned little gated street at that time, just a few doors away from the talented Miss Dunn herself - and now she makes the sorts of shoes that dreams are made of. Her 2013 Tran-Seasonal collection features handpainted sunset shoes and my personal shoe collection would be absolutely complete with the addition of those nude and aqua delights, gorgeous! She also writes a fabulous blog sharing insights into her collection, fashion inspiration and more gorgeous shoes than you could possibly imagine. Check out - Lizarella // See her cuurent & previous collections on www.elizabethdunn.co.uk. "