#ThrowbackFashion Shoe prototype (@BALENCIAGA, @DelmanShoes), 1939 by Steven Arpad (French, 1904–1999)

Here are some creative projects that inspire me in The Metropolitan Museum of Art – The Costume Institute’s Collection. You can see other projects on my Pinterest or on my #ThrowbackFashion.

ThrowbackFashion-Shoe prototype 1939 Steven Arpad - 47.102.62_CP2

Shoe prototype
Steven Arpad (French, 1904–1999)
Date: 1939
Culture: French
Medium: wool, wood
Dimensions: 4 1/2 x 8 1/2 in. (11.4 x 21.6 cm)

Shoe prototype 1939 Steven Arpad - 47.102.62_CP4

This object comes from a group of over seventy-five shoe prototypes designed in Paris in 1939 by Steven Arpad. Aside from the lines of leather accessories and jewelry he produced under his own name in the 1940s, Arpad seems to have worked mostly anonymously. The prototypes are accompanied by an extensive archive of original sketches which has made it possible to identify uncredited shoe designs for Balenciaga and Delman as Arpad’s work. Containing some of the most creative, unique, and unusual examples of footwear design in the collection, the museum’s holdings appear to be the only documented body of the work of this extraordinary designer.
This design features what seems to have been a favored configuration for Arpad: separate vamp and quarters, with a buttoned-on strap extending from the vamp. Open- or sling back shoes were not common for daywear until the 1940s, so Arpad’s designs from 1939 can be seen as leading the movement in that direction.

Photos : metmuseum.org

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