Friday, February 15, 2008

Carpet Slippers

Carpet Slippers

Turkish Shoes, 1850–55. Beige rep silk with black silk gros-de-naples foliate design in tapestry weave and black painted wood heel. Purchase, Judith and Ira Sommer Gift, 2005 (2005.113a, b).

The elegant black foliate patterned textile of these shoes was woven by hand, á la disposition, to conform to the pattern piece of the uppers. After the Crimean War, textiles with this tapestry weave were exported for reticules, slippers, and even upholstery. In this instance, it is possible that the textile with the woven pattern of uppers, rather than the completed slippers, was imported to this country to be cobbled together here. The ballet slipper–like flats, with their square toes, were a style that persisted in vogue throughout the first half of the nineteenth century. These shoes, like many women’s light slippers of the day, continued to be made on a straight last, or shoe form, with identical right and left sides.

Comments (16)

  1. marina urbach Says:

    I would not be surprised if a designer is ‘inspired’ by this example.

  2. Libertygirl Says:

    It’s always important to remember that there is no such thing as ‘modern’ or ‘novel’ in fashion. Shoes such as these remind us of this.


  3. marina urbach Says:

    ‘It’s always important to remember that there is no such thing as ‘modern’ or ‘novel’ in fashion. Shoes such as these remind us of this. ‘

    ‘Modern’ and ‘novel’ in themselves are not values.
    Perhaps the shoes in this exhibition are paying homage to the ‘novelty’ and ‘modernity’ of the work of the sponsor of this show, perhaps, could be a subtext, who knows?

  4. papi547 Says:

    I’d do them.! Modernity is sooo a value in itself.

  5. Maggie Tobias Says:

    I like the idea of making interchangeable shoes that would mold themselves to the feet of the wearers. It’s also more practical for production. Although, probably a little uncomfortable at first.

  6. iheartnewyork Says:

    these are really cute! i would wear them any time

  7. alexandra Says:

    these shoes look like a piece of modern time they are great

  8. elena Says:

    love the embroidery!

  9. MargotD Says:

    These shoes are so cute. I have a dress that they would do with and I WOULD WEAR TO A FRIEND’S BIRTHDAY PARTY.

  10. connor malone Says:

    I think the shoes look really wierd and verry uncomforatable and verry ugly

  11. Shoe-ting Star Says:

    I think these shoes look like the flats of today in a Turkish version from years ago. I’m not sure if they would be very comfortable, but I’m sure that if they were sold at a store today they would be bought. I like the design; it’s intricate and the colors work together well.

  12. Lucienne Says:

    The date was a shocker - these fabulous slippers look so 1920s. They’re a delight!

  13. peter Says:

    this museum is magnificent and very giant

  14. Ximila Says:

    I think the shoes are great but I was wondering… with what garments would you match them?

  15. meimi1995529 Says:

    i like the design but the shape is really nasty.

  16. flavia Says:

    Excelente muestra de arte del vestuario. La tela se convierte en materia artistica para hablar el lenguaje de la mujer.

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