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Evening slippers

Department Store:
J. Ferry
Date:
1885–90
Culture:
French
Medium:
silk
Credit Line:
Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Mrs. Frederick H. Prince, Jr., 1967
Accession Number:
2009.300.1579a, b
Not on view
At once classic and unique, this pair of evening slippers is an iconic style from the period, atypically rendered in vibrant purple panné velvet. The unusual color and material suggest that the shoes were custom made to match a garment. The wearer of these shoes, Abigail Kinsley Norman Prince (1860-1949), was dressed by the top Parisian couturiers including Worth, Paquin, and Doucet.
Marking: Stamped: "Ferry/Paris"
Brooklyn Museum. "Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe," September 10, 2014–February 15, 2015.

Albuquerque Museum of Art and History. "Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe," May 30, 2015–August 9, 2015.

Palm Springs Art Museum. "Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe," September 4, 2015–December 13, 2015.

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