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97/230/2 Shoes (pair) and shoe box, womens, 'Love', leather / rubber, designed and made by Jan Jansen, designed in Amsterdam, made in Italy, 1989. Click to enlarge.

Pair of women's 'Love' shoes by Jan Jansen

Designed
Shoes (pair), womens, 'Love', leather / rubber, designed by Jan Jansen in Amsterdam, made in Italy, 1989

Pair of women's shoes, of unidentified construction, with high inverted wedge heel and narrow toe. The shoes feature black calf leather uppers in two pieces, seamed at the centre front and back, with red metallic leather panels at the top of the lining, folding outwards in a collar at the vamp (to resemble a heart and perhaps lips). There is black leather lining inside the shoes and the …

Summary

Object No.

97/230/2

Object Statement

Shoes (pair) and shoe box, womens, 'Love', leather / rubber, designed and made by Jan Jansen, designed in Amsterdam, made in Italy, 1989

Physical Description

Shoes (pair), womens, 'Love', leather / rubber, designed by Jan Jansen in Amsterdam, made in Italy, 1989

Pair of women's shoes, of unidentified construction, with high inverted wedge heel and narrow toe. The shoes feature black calf leather uppers in two pieces, seamed at the centre front and back, with red metallic leather panels at the top of the lining, folding outwards in a collar at the vamp (to resemble a heart and perhaps lips). There is black leather lining inside the shoes and the soles are also constructed from black leather with tiny corrugations.

Marks

On the inside of both of the shoes stamped in gold is, 'JAN JANSEN / AMSTERDAM / ANTWERPEN / MADE IN ITALY' and underneath the left sole is a white sticker with the number '3.7' printed on it.

Dimensions

Height

130 mm

Width

80 mm

Production

Notes

'Love' shoes designed by Jan Jansen are a play on the theme of love. The shoes have an inverted wedge heel and are detailed with red metallic leather that fold to resemble a heart and perhaps lips. The wedge was a heel innnovation first introduced by Ferragamo in the 1930s, which became very popular throughout the 1940s. Jan Jansen is a Dutch designer who originally designed under the 'Jeannot' label before designing for himself in the 1990s. His shoes are characteristically extreme in form with unusual silhouettes and strong colour combinations. Jansen continues to craft his shoes by hand and experiment with shapes, particuarly the heel. His shoes, not designed for the conservative woman, have been likened to wearable sculptures that go beyond seasonal changes. Jansen has stores in Amsterdam, Paris and Antwerp.

Trained in Rome, Jansen has designed for the house of Christian Dior and Bally of Switzerland. In 1985 he received the 'Kho Liang le' award from the Amsterdam Art Council (the first shoe designer to receive a prize for industrial design).

The shoes were made in Italy for Jan Jansen for Autumn/Winter collection 1989. The 'Love' design is still production.

Date of manufacture is 1989.

Source

Credit Line

Gift of Figgins Holdings Pty Ltd, 1997

Acquisition Date

18 August 1997

Cite this Object

Harvard

Pair of women's 'Love' shoes by Jan Jansen 2021, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 1 August 2021, <https://ma.as/157381>

Wikipedia

{{cite web |url=https://ma.as/157381 |title=Pair of women's 'Love' shoes by Jan Jansen |author=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences |access-date=1 August 2021 |publisher=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, Australia}}

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