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Shoes

Design House:
House of Dior (French, founded 1947)
Designer:
John Galliano (British, born Gibraltar, 1960)
Date:
ca. 1998
Culture:
French
Medium:
(a,b) horsehair, silk, leather
Credit Line:
Gift of Thomas L. Kempner, 2006
Accession Number:
2006.420.140a, b
Not on view
Given the perfect coordination typical of Mrs. Kempner's approach to dressing, it is a surprise to find that she was indifferent to handbags. And, while the number of shoes in her wardrobe is substantial, it is clear that shoes and bags played a lesser supporting and somewhat expendable role in Mrs. Kempner's arsenal of style. However, even among these more prosaic collections are a number of designs of notable originality and exceptional creativity.
Marking: [stamp] (a,b)"Christian / Dior"
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Nan Kempner: American Chic," December 12, 2006–March 4, 2007.

de Young Museum, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. "Nan Kempner: American Chic," June 16, 2007–November 11, 2007.

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