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Model No. 256

Designer:
Steven Arpad (French, 1904–1999)
Date:
1939
Culture:
French
Medium:
leather, wood
Credit Line:
Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Arpad 1947
Accession Number:
2009.300.1127
Not on view
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.
A fantasy heel is counterbalanced in this design by the classic pump style of the upper. In a thoughtful twist, Arpad has used of haired leather to coordinate thematically with ram's head.
Marking: Stamped: "Douanes/Le Havre"
Inscribed: "256"
Inscribed: "378"
Inscribed: "Create a new use by an extreme form/Not for Sale"
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