Monday, July 18, 2011

Shoe Inspiration from Avedon and Perugia

It should come as no surprise that one of my favorite photographs from the great fashion photographer Richard Avedon is this photo of a woman wearing a heel designed by André Perugia with the Eiffel Tower in the distance.

Place du Tracadero, Paris, August 1948 by Richard Avedon
While much is known about Richard Avedon, outside of designer circles less is known about the French shoe designer André Perugia (1893-1977).  While he wrote a book entitled From Eve to Rita Hayworth getting your hands on a copy can prove to be near impossible.

A nod to Picasso.
Perugia opened his first shop in Paris 1909 selling handmade shoes.  He was known for his innovative designs including a cork screw heel and the first ever heel-less court shoe.

Perugia's heel-less court shoe
He later moved his shop to the famed Rue Faubourg St. Honore.  During his career Perugia worked with such designers as Paul Poiret, I. Miller, Charles Jourdan, Jacques Fath, and Hubert de Givenchy.


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