Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Charline Osgood, 1960
Not on view
The Osgood collection comprises 179 objects, chiefly fashionable Italian-made women's shoes dating from the years 1954 to 1958. The shoes were collected by Charline Osgood, Director of the Kid Leather Guild, a trade organization of American kid leather manufacturers. Highlighting the use of kid leather in footwear, the collection provides a fascinating and enticing view of high-style European shoe design from the period, representing many of the finest and most inventive Italian makers. This whimsical and elegant design is typical of the inventive and exquisitely crafted footwear of Alberto Dal Cò. The superb handling of the line of the shoe is paired with attentive detailing, such as the unusual hooded heel. Osgood selected this design as an illustration of the current trend to create movement by drawing the eye up the body of the foot and down the back.