97/126/3 Sandal, single, women's, 'African mask', leather/suede/calfskin/rubber, Tokio Kumagai, designed in Paris, made in Italy, 1985. Click to enlarge.

Sandal, single, women’s, ‘African mask’, leather/suede/calfskin/rubber, Tokio Kumagai, designed in Paris, made in Italy, 1985

Made by Kumagai, Tokio in Milan, Italy, 1985.

Sandal, single, womens, ‘African mask’, leather/suede/calfskin/metal, Tokio Kumagai, designed in Paris, made in Italy, 1985.
Single womens covered wedge sandal with pointed toe. The sandal consists of an upper featuring a leather toe strap attached to a perpendicular printed calfskin strap which affixes at the front of the sandal. Another printed calfskin instep strap joins the sole at the waist and a sling back leather strap passes underneath this strap to join onto the toe strap. An African st...

Summary

Object No.

97/126/3

Object Statement

Sandal, single, women's, 'African mask', leather/suede/calfskin/rubber, Tokio Kumagai, designed in Paris, made in Italy, 1985

Physical Description

Sandal, single, womens, 'African mask', leather/suede/calfskin/metal, Tokio Kumagai, designed in Paris, made in Italy, 1985.
Single womens covered wedge sandal with pointed toe. The sandal consists of an upper featuring a leather toe strap attached to a perpendicular printed calfskin strap which affixes at the front of the sandal. Another printed calfskin instep strap joins the sole at the waist and a sling back leather strap passes underneath this strap to join onto the toe strap. An African style mask in ridged silver leather is attached by metal studs to both the toe and instep straps. The upper is lined in cream as is the 3/4 sock. The insole is in black leather. The wedge sole is covered in black leather and the sole is also in leather. Spring/Summer collection 1985.

Marks

Trademark stitched on synthetic fabric stitched to sock, "TOKIO KUMAGAI/PARIS" perpendicular to main name "MADE IN ITALY", white paper label on sole, printed in black, "ART. 832 = GS/ Vitello nero/Maschera/ argento/Minipard 51/ Elastico nero/ Taco ZEPPA", leather mark on waist of sole, stamped hide shape with text within, "VERO CUOIO" beneath, "MADE IN ITALY/ 36"

Dimensions

Height

95 mm

Width

75 mm

Production

Notes

Tokio Kumagai was known for his unusual shoe making designs and his ability to successfully utilize shoes beyond their functional purpose. Combining traditional construction shapes and witty detail, his designs were very fashionable in the the 1980s.
After Tokio Kumagai (born Japan, 1948 - died France, 1987) completed his studies in Tokyo in 1970 he headed for Paris where he worked with Castlebajac and later with Cerruti in Italy. In 1981 he opened his first shoe boutique in Paris at the exclusive address of Place des Victoire. Kumagai is famous for representing in his shoe designs the work of artists such as Dali, Kandinsky and Mondrian as well as playfully mimicking subjects such as sportscars, mice or African art. It is this innovative approach to design, incorporating handpainting as well as a wide range of materials, which has ensured Kumagai's shoes as collector's items.
After Kumagai died, his Italian agent and friend, Amelio Zagato of Heresco, continued his role to produce shoes based on Kumagai's original designs from the 1980s.

The shoes were made in Italy by Heresco under the name of Tokio Kumagai

Made

Kumagai, Tokio 1985

Designed

Kumagai, Tokio null

History

Notes

The shoe have been acquired direct from Amelio Zagato of Heresco in Milan. The shoe has not been worn but bares a small hole through sole, due to display use.

Used

Zagato, Amelio

Source

Credit Line

Gift of Amelio Zagato from Heresco, 1997

Acquisition Date

8 May 1997

Cite this Object

Harvard

Sandal, single, women's, 'African mask', leather/suede/calfskin/rubber, Tokio Kumagai, designed in Paris, made in Italy, 1985 2018, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 13 December 2018, <https://ma.as/155354>

Wikipedia

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