Shoes (1989)

Mary Trasko

Heavenly Soles : Extraordinary Twentieth-Century Shoes

Published: Abbeville Press, (New York)

Date: 1989

gilt titles spine; gilt shoe designs (14 of them) on front cover; pink endpapers with front cover design repeated in white; illustrated throughout by colour & b/w. photo's.; " they might not seem like much, down there shuffling around in the dust. But as virtually every woman and a great many men know, shoes have long been capable of inspiring imaginative caprice and private longing on an extravagant and exultant scale. Some of the world's greatest designers, too, have found in the form of the shoe a source of extraordinary inspiration. Yantourney, Ferragamo, Vivier, and Perugia; Charles Jourdan, Manolo Blahnik, and Maud Frizon: all have devoted their richly creative imaginations to shoe design, an enterprise Vivier describes as 'a sculptural problem in which the center is always a void.' Elegant, fanciful, and quirky, 'Heavenly Soles' puts twentieth-century design's best foot forward, introducing us to some of the most luxurious and imaginative shoes ever created-from the magnificent wonders Yantourney handcrafted in the teens using antique laces and velvets, to the supremely comfortable yet stunningly elegant platforms offered by Ferragamo during the forties, to a recent collection of handmade shoes from Vivier, richly embroidered with pearls, feathers, and crystal beads."; light wear to bottom outer corners of D/J.; including notes, bibliography & index - 131 pages.

Colour & b/w. photo's.

Near Fine in Near Fine D/J.

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