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. While Osgood identified this casual shoe as reminiscent of the court jester and notable for its humor, the toe is clearly derived traditional Indo-Pakistani footwear. The expertly engineered and amusing heel and functionalist single-seam construction were of particular point of interest to Osgood.
Marking: Stamped: "Creazioni Dal Cò/Via P. Pinciana 16/Roma"