Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Shoes

Designer:
House of Charles Jourdan (French, founded 1919)
Designer:
Charles Jourdan (French, 1883–1976)
Date:
1965
Culture:
French
Medium:
leather
Credit Line:
Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Jane Holzer, 1986
Accession Number:
2009.300.1617a, b
Not on view
In 1919, Charles Jourdan founded his shoe business in Romans, France, which he would gradually build into a premiere French luxury shoe manufacturer of both Jourdan designs and those of numerous other top designers, including Christian Dior and Pierre Cardin. After opening a Paris boutique in 1957, Jourdan reached the height of his success in the 1960s, when he became particularly known for offering a limited number or models in an extensive range of colors.
The child-like Pop Art aesthetic of the 1960s is expressed in this pair of colorful slingback shoes. Jourdan echoes the bulbous center of the floral ornament in a playful heel.
Marking: Stamped: "Charles Jourdan/Paris"
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