Not too Shabby

Vintage, shabby, rustic, brocante- all so charming.

Happy Monday, enjoy.

Collection’s Highlight: Pair of Silk Heels

This delightful pair of heels was worn by Martha Ramsay Crugar about 1800. The cream colored satin is embroidered at the toe in a bow design using either black or dark green thread. The embroidery is highlighted by small metal beading, which would have sparkled and caught the candle light at an evening event. Notice the grosgrain ribbon binding around top of each shoe has a string going through it- we think it may have been used to pull the shoe tighter.

Pair of Shoes, 1800, Silk, Leather, Wood, H:3.75 x L: 9.5in. The Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown, New York, Gift of Mrs. Daniel Wood, N0203.1939ab.

Lara Mullen by Josh Ollins, Vogue UK April 2012

These might be overshoes, used to protect other shoes or keep the feet warmer. These caught my eye because they seem very modern to me. I can imagine this in a new children’s UGG line, or something like that.

Pair of Children’s Boots, ca. 1900-1920, Silk, Leather, H: 5in, L:6in. The Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown, New York, Gift of Clifford L. Lord, N0105.1964(1)ab.

Collection Archives:  Balenciaga, 1960

Negligée of bright pink satin shantung with embroidery of coloured flowers owned by Madame Bedaux, one of the designers major clients.

From Balenciaga by Marie-Andrée Jouve


UNFINISHED symphony by LANVIN……….No.55


Codie Young in ‘A Black and White Poem’ by Sarah Moon for Vogue Turkey March 2012


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