Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Mrs. William R. Fisher, 1972
Not on view
Plain black celluloid-covered heels appeared in the late 1910s. Around 1925, jeweled celluloid heels became the rage on evening shoes. Typically, the heels were set with rhinestone and picotage (tiny metal dots) in geometric Art Deco designs, and paired with a colored satin upper. On better examples, the design of the upper fabric might be coordinated with the heel, or colored, marbled, or faux tortoise celluloid used instead of black.