Sunday, August 14, 2011

Shoes, shoes, shoes: Perhaps not everyone knows that... curiosities about Italian shoes

 Antidote Magazine
Ph. Thomas Lagrange

Idolized, photographed and beloved by celebrities and by all of us, the Italian shoes are the joy of all the shoe addicted, but perhaps not everyone knows that…
Idolatrate, fotografate, amate e iper indossate dalle celebrities e da tutte noi, le scarpe italiane sono la gioia di tutte le show addicted, ma forse non tutti sanno che…


* The most expensive shoes in the world are Italian. It's a pair of Giuseppe Zanotti's sandals, realized in collaboration with Chopard for the last Festival of Cannes.
600 briolette in different nuances of pink for a total amount of 360 karats. Pink tourmalines and sapphires, diamonds and rubies transform the ankle strap of the shoe in a real jewel, in fact it can be removed from the shoes and be worn as a bracelet.
This treasure was sold by auction during the annual Amfar gala and the revenue of 140.000 euros was completely donated for the AIDS research.

* Marilyn Monroe, Brigitte Bardot, Greta Garbo, Audrey Hepburn, Rita Hayworth and Marlene Dietrich had something in common… the passion for Salvatore Ferragamo's shoes, and for this reason he is regarded as the "Diva's shoemaker".
At Ferragamo Museum in Florence it is possible to admire the wooden forms that the master used to create customized shoes for the Divas, as well as some memorabilia. These include the famous pink pumps worn by Marilyn in Cukor's movie "Let's make love" (1960). These 9-cm heels gave her the typical sensual walk that drove (and still drive) men crazy all over the world.

* Italian invented perfumed shoes, the Brio Italiano's ballerinas. These ballerinas are made of recyclable rubber, perfumed with Mediterranean essences and scents inspired by the Amalfitans coast.

* The platform is an art, and Italian master shoemakers know how to interpret it. For this reason the MOMA in NYC dedicated to the Italian platforms the exposition "INNER TREASURES - The secret story of a fashionable platform in Italy", a celebration of platforms, from the 30's to nowadays.

* In Elsa Schiapparelli's brilliant surrealistic mind, a pair of shoes could be transformed in a hat.

* Also sculptures can express the art of the Italian shoes. The Italian sculptor Graziano Spinosi has realized 20 pairs of shoes with poor materials and industrial wastes, and dedicated them to 20 famous artists. Spinosi's "patocche" (that is the name of his work) are a way of interpreting the artist's life and representing it as a pair of shoes. For this reason Marta Graham's "patocche" are made of glass mosaic and Le Corbusier's ones are made of reinforced concrete.


* Le scarpe più preziose del mondo sono italiane, si tratta di un paio di sandali realizzati da Giuseppe Zanotti in collaborazione con Chopard e presentati all'ultimo Festival di Cannes.
600 briolette in varie sfumature di rosa per un totale di 360 carati. Tormaline e zaffiri rosa, diamanti e rubini fanno brillare il cinturino del sandalo, che può essere rimosso e indossato come braccialetto.
Questo tesoro è stato battuto all'asta all'annuale cena organizzata da cinema against AIDS per la cifra record di 140.000 euro, integralmente devoluti all'Amfar.

* Marilyn Monroe, Brigitte Bardot, Greta Garbo, Audrey Hepburn, Rita Hayworth e Marlene Dietrich avevano tutte una passione in comune … per le italianissime scarpe di Salvatore Ferragamo, che non a caso si è guadagnato il soprannome di "calzolaio delle dive".
Al Museo Ferragamo di Firenze si possono ammirare le forme in legno personalizzate che il maestro usava per creare le scarpe alle divine, oltre ad alcuni cimeli. Tra questi le famose decolleté rosa ricoperte di strass indossate da Marilyn nel film "Let's make love" (1960) di Cukor; stiletti tacco 9 che davano all'attrice quell'andatura ancheggiante che ha fatto e fa ancora impazzire gli uomini di mezzo mondo.

* Gli italiani hanno inventato delle scarpe che profumano. Si tratta delle ballerine di Brio Italiano, realizzate in gomma riciclabile e profumata con essenze ispirate al mediterraneo e ai profumi della costiera amalfitana.

* Il plateau è un'arte, e i mastri calzaturieri italiani la interpretano alla perfezione. Per questo il MOMA di New York ha dedicato loro la mostra "INNER TREASURES - The secret story of a fashionable platform in Italy", una celebrazione del plateau,  dagli anni trenta ai giorni nostri.

* Nella geniale mente surrealista di Elsa Schiaparelli un paio di scarpe possono anche trasformarsi in un capello.

* L'arte delle scarpe italiane si esprime anche nella scultura. Graziano Spinosi, artista romagnolo che sperimenta con i materiali, ha ideato 20 scarpe dedicate ad altrettanti artisti e realizzate con materiali poveri e di scarto industriale. Le "patocche" di Spinosi (questo il nome delle sue opere) interpretano la vita dell'artista e la rappresentano sotto forma di scarpa. Così le patacche di Marta Graham sono in mosaico di vetro, mentre quelle di Le Corbusier in cemento armato.



Giuseppe Zanotti/Chopard sandals

The pair of pink satin stiletto-heeled shoes by Salvatore Ferragamo worn by Marilyn Monroe /Amanda Dell during the “Incurably Romantic” song sequence in "Let’s Make Love". 
Il paio di décolleté rosa di Salvatore Ferragamo indossate da Marilyn Monroe/Amanda Dell durante la sua interpretazione della canzone "Incurably Romantic", nel film "Let's Make Love".


Elsa Schiaparelli shoe hat


Graziano Spinosi's Marta Graham shoes


Graziano Spinosi's Le Corbusier shoes


11 comments:

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Free ♥ (Off Trend) said...

Shciaparelli's shoes hat is one of my favourite fashion pieces ever made, I am so pleased that you featured it. The simplicity of the shoe combined with the insane idea is just so stunning.

Thanks so much for commenting on my blog, I adore her 60's style aswell, it is just gorgeous.

Love Free xx

fashion and frank said...

Great post - really enjoyed it - thanks so much for your lovely comment x

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Allison said...

I love this post - I'm a huge fan of Ferragamo and loved learning more about different Italian shoes! Lovely post, dear. xox

Anna said...

This is fascinating! I had no idea about the Giuseppe Zanotti pair!

The Editor said...

Schiaparelli is my surrealist idol.

Dance Shoes said...

Great collection but i was looking forward sports shoes for running purpose..:)

loafers said...

Stunning shoes! Love your collection so much! My sister likes the pink shoes. Anyways your blog is nice, thanks for sharing.

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