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 attractive and unusual design shows the mode for peaked toes in Italy, a trend which failed to catch on in the United States. Knowing the taste of the domestic market, Osgood collected few peak-toed shoes to show to her audience of American footwear manufacturers.
Marking: Stamped: "Creazioni Dal Cò/Via P. Pinciana 16/Roma"