Shoes by Vivienne Westwood

Made by Westwood, Vivienne in London, England, 1993-1994.

Vivienne Westwood (born in England, 1941) is a widely respected contemporary fashion designer who is known for her idiosyncratic designs. The pair of platform ‘gillie’ shoes are typical of her quirky designs that reinterpret traditional dress. Apart from the type of lacing at the vamp, Westwood’s shoes bare little resemblance with the traditional gillie worn by Scottish Highland dancers. Rather, Westwood’s shoes with their extreme heel and concealed plaform are reminiscent of fetish footwear. Th...

Summary

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Pair of [handmade] womens shoes, size 7, with narrowed, gently squared off toe and concealed platform heel. The shoes consist blue leather punched with imitation crocodile pattern. The leather extends from the uppers down to completely cover the 9 inch heel and 4 inch platform. The uppers feature 3 pairs of lugs on vamp through which blue silk ribbons are threaded. Peaked toe cap which extends down over platform sole at front and sides. Shoes lined with natural coloured leather. Sock of natural coloured leather, stamped in gold with an image of an orb with a ring orbiting the centre and inscription "MADE IN ENGLAND/VIVIENNE WESTWOOD". Soles synthetic, stamped with "7".

Dimensions

270 mm
68 mm

Production

Vivienne Westwood (born in England, 1941) is a widely respected contemporary fashion designer who is known for her idiosyncratic designs. The pair of platform 'gillie' shoes are typical of her quirky designs that reinterpret traditional dress. Apart from the type of lacing at the vamp, Westwood's shoes bear little resemblance to the traditional gillie worn by Scottish Highland dancers. Rather, Westwood's shoes with their extreme heel and concealed platform are reminiscent of fetish footwear. The juxtaposition of the traditional with the taboo is characteristic of Westwood's subversive designs.

The shoes were designed as part of Westwood's 'Anglomania' collection Autumn/Winter 1993 and received much publicity when the supermodel, Naomi Campbell fell on a London catwalk when wearing them. Westwood first designed shoes when she was in partnership with Malcolm McClaren. For their shop 'Sex' they sold stiletto shoes with leopard print uppers inspired by 1950s design.

When her own label was established in 1980, Westwood designed two new shoes for each collection until 1988 when she standardised her shoe designs. With each collection since then, she has gradually exaggerated the basic style, the 'Super elevated gillie' with its 9 inch heel and 4 inch platform was originally shown in the 'Portrait' collection of 1990. Westwood gets her handmade shoes made in the East End of London.

The shoes were made in London for Vivienne Westwood.

Date of manufacture is Autumn/ Winter 1993/94
Westwood, Vivienne 1993-1994

Source

Purchased 1997
25 July, 1997

Cite this Object

Shoes by Vivienne Westwood 2015, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 17 November 2017, <https://ma.as/157248>
{{cite web |url=https://ma.as/157248 |title=Shoes by Vivienne Westwood |author=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences |access-date=17 November 2017 |publisher=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, Australia}}
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