Model No. 337

Designer Steven Arpad French

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This object comes from a group of over seventy-five shoe prototypes designed in Paris in 1939 by Steven Arpad. Aside from the lines of leather accessories and jewelry he produced under his own name in the 1940s, Arpad seems to have worked mostly anonymously. The prototypes are accompanied by an extensive archive of original sketches which has made it possible to identify uncredited shoe designs for Balenciaga and Delman as Arpad's work. Containing some of the most creative, unique, and unusual examples of footwear design in the collection, the museum's holdings appear to be the only documented body of the work of this extraordinary designer.
Strappy sandals were de rigueur for evening wear in the late 1930s. This model is a very sophisticated and creative interpretation of the style, incoprorating interlinked U-shaped straps with a unique perforated bead and sequin trim. The inscriptions on the last read "Motif created because of metal bead" and "Designers job to find ideas."

Model No. 337, Steven Arpad (French, 1904–1999), leather, metal, wood, French

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