Monday, November 7, 2011


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 On the heels of last week's 3 part blogs on the movie "Midnight In Paris", I'm happy to tell you about a fab exhibit at our local Bata Shoe Museum featuring foot fashions from the Roaring 20's.  We are lucky to live in a city which has many wonderful museums and galleries.  I find it unique that our city has a place solely devoted to footwear.

"Born in the age of post-war exuberance, nurtured by the dynamism of the machine and seduced by the lure of the exotic, the Roaring 20s infused modern society and fashion with an energetic modernity. As hemlines rose, shoes became increasingly important for stylish women and many of the decade's exceptional shoes illustrate the electrifying synergy between fashion and design."

Everyone can conjure up images of what the Roaring 20's looked like with flashy flappers and jaunty men in pinstriped suits.  But have we thought about what they wore on their feet?
These shoes were made by Lady Luxury.  This style represents the tension felt by women in the 1920's to become equal citizens.  Women were encouraged to be pretty and practical so the male influence of the buttons adds an almost military feel.  The sensible heel style and height are also indications of the attempt at being striking a balance of aesthetics and practicality.
 These shoes were made by Philips.  Women in those days were encouraged to in athletic pursuits.  This bright pair are red rubber, "silver wing" bathing shoes.  They were worn by swimmers and fashionistas alike

This graphic Starburst shoe made by Th. J. De Bont could be worn today.  I think I have a pair which look similar with a more sedate all-over dark colour.  The term "flapper" derived from young birds flapping their wings as they left the nest. This "Gatsby" inspired shoe design has the Deco starburst motif shown very prominently.

c. 1925
 These shoes in classic black and white illustrate the stark ideas of designers and architects of that time.  The small hits of bronze are reminiscent of many Deco architectural details on structures such as the Chrysler building.

If you are every in my neck of the woods (Toronto), please stop by the Bata Show Museum for this exhibit (until June 2012) and their permanent collection of shoes throughout history. You'll love it!

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