Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Shoes

Designer:
Valentino (Italian, born 1932)
Date:
ca. 2002
Culture:
Italian
Medium:
a,b) leather, silk
Credit Line:
Gift of Thomas L. Kempner, 2006
Accession Number:
2006.420.143a, 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: a,b) [stamp] "VALENTINO / GARAVANI"
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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