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Dal Co' (Italian)
Credit Line:
Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Charline Osgood, 1960
Accession Number:
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.
In this characteristically idiosyncratic example, designer Alberto Dal Cò employs a visually appealing color contrast, and intriguing detail on the sole and toe, and a piped CB line emphasizing the height and shape of the heel. The innovative design extends to the construction, as the shoes feature a glove-like "floating upper" which wraps under foot and is stitched to the sled-like sole at the center of the foot.
Marking: Stamped: "Creazioni Dal Cò/Via P. Pinciana 16/Roma"
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