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 pair of pumps features an unusual new novelty leather made by the William Amer Company of Philadelphia, meant to emulate broadtail fur, an important material in luxury fashion at the time. The detailing is kept simple so as not to overwhelm the shoe with texture
Marking: Stamped: "Creations Rosina Ferragamo Schiavone/Florence (Italy)" Stamped: "Hand Made in Florence/Italy"