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97/177/5 Shoes (pair), 'Guinness', womens, leather / aluminium / rubber, designed by Christian Louboutin, Paris, France made in Italy, 1993-1994. Click to enlarge.

Pair of womens 'Guinness' shoes by Christian Louboutin

Designed
Christian Louboutin's shoes are instantly recognisable by their 'Chinese red' soles. The brand has become synonymous with making women feel sexy, producing shoes such as the 'Guiness' high heel that give the appearance of an elongated leg,

Louboutin was born in Paris 1964. Upon leaving school, he worked with showgirls at the Parisian music hall, the 'Folies Bergere' and was influenced by how they carried themselves in spiked heels. Showgirls became his ultimate icons and the inspiration for …

Summary

Object No.

97/177/5

Object Statement

Shoes (pair), 'Guinness', womens, leather / aluminium / rubber, designed by Christian Louboutin, Paris, France made in Italy, 1993-1994

Physical Description

Pair of leather, aluminium and rubber slip on shoes with almond toe and high covered Cuban heel. The shoes consist of black patent leather uppers featuring a round throat and a back seam which is top edge bound, with a cream inner lining, suede inside the heel and a cream kid sock. The heel is covered in a section of an aluminium Guinness beer can and features a rubber top piece. The sole of the shoes are made from red leather and also feature a black patent leather covered platform containing a black edge finish. Autumn/Winter 1993-1994 collection.

Marks

Trademark on sock, printed in gold script, 'Christian / Louboutin / Paris'. The text from the Guinness beer can on the heel reads, 'BREWERS OF DISTINCTION / 17 59 / REGISTERED TRADE MARKS / GUINNESS / ORIGINAL / ARTH GUINNESS / STOUT / BREWED IN LONDON AND DUBLIN'. There is also partial text at the side of the heel describing the taste of Guinness, its content, barcode and features an image of a person discarding litter in a bin. On the sole of the shoe stamped appears, 'VERO / CUOIO' with 'MADE IN ITALY / 39' underneath.

Dimensions

Height

160 mm

Width

70 mm

Production

Made

Notes

The shoes are designed by Christian Louboutin and made in Italy in 1993-1994 for the Autumn/Winter collection.

Christian Louboutin (born in France 1964) worked for various shoe companies including Roger Vivier, who was famous for promoting the stiletto heel during the1950s. Louboutin had become knowledgeable about footwear before opening his Parisian boutique in1991. His shoes are unconventional and he likes to be associated with the decorative arts rather than fashion. Influenced by Roger Vivier, his work has a handcrafted decorative quality. Although he had boutiques in Paris and New York, at the time the shoes were purchased, Louboutins were produced in limited quantities with a maximum production run of 50 pairs. Inspired by diverse sources such as landscape gardening and pop culture, his designs are noteworthy for their whimsical details. The influence of pop culture is evident here with the Guiness beer can covering the heels.

Louboutin appreciates the skills of traditional artisans and collaborates personally with master craftsmen in Parabiago, near Milan. He seeks artisans with specific skills such as embroidery, hammered metal or leatherwork for each collection and wants to contribute towards keeping their crafts going, even though he knows that he could get the work done more quickly in his factories. His trademark is the red sole. This feature came about when he felt that some of his prototypes were a little dull. While considering this, his assistant was painting her nails red. He grabbed her nail polish and applied it to the soles, transforming a part of the shoe that used to be insignificant into an instagram-worthy focal point.

According to an article by the Design Museum posted in September 2014, Louboutin's designs begin with sketches. From the original sketches, he hopes to remain faithful to the original design and resolves technical problems later with his team. He designs two collections each year and does so in environments that reflect the climate for which he's designing. He therefore designs his Autumn/Winter collection in a chateau in France or at his house in Portugal. He often designs his Spring/Summer collection in Egypt.

At the time these stilettos entered the MAAS collection, Louboutin had boutiques in New York and Paris. Despite operating two boutiques, the shoes were produced in limited quantities with a maximum production run of 50 pairs.

Information about the design process from The Design Museum, 'Christian Louboutin', Posted September 11. 2014, https://designmuseum.org/designers/christian-louboutin





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History

Owned

  • 1997

Notes

These shoes belong to a group of five pairs of Louboutins purchased from the Paris boutique. The group was purchased as shoes by Louboutin were seen to have the potential to communicate developments in twentieth century fashion. Three pairs were displayed in the MAAS exhibition "Stepping Out" in 1997-1998.

Source

Credit Line

Purchased 1997

Acquisition Date

24 June 1997

Cite this Object

Harvard

Pair of womens 'Guinness' shoes by Christian Louboutin 2021, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 8 December 2021, <https://ma.as/156499>

Wikipedia

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