Synopses & Reviews
Caroline Cox takes fashion lovers on an exquisite journey through the most stylish footwear of the twentieth century. Vintage Shoes illuminates the crucial designers, key technical breakthroughs, and varied cultural influences that have shaped shoe fashion for the last hundred years—from André Perugias designs for society women in the 1920s to the Christian Louboutin red-soled shoes favored by celebrities today, and including designs by Salvatore Ferragamo, Charles Jourdan, Roger Vivier, Beth Levine, Vivienne Westwood, Manolo Blahnik, and others. Lavish fashion photography, specially commissioned photographs of rare period footwear, and a unique shopping guide—with tips on sourcing and caring for articles of vintage fashion—help make Vintage Shoes an unforgettable tour through a dazzling corner of haute couture history.
Decade by decade, Vintage Shoes recounts more than one hundred years of the history of shoe design, highlighting the key designers and cultural influences that have shaped shoe fashions throughout the century. Vintage Shoes includes stunning fashion photography, specially commissioned photographs of period footwear, and the most collectible, exquisite, and fabulous shoe designs. As a bonus, a shopping and collecting guide offers pointers on sourcing and caring for vintage footwear, along with a glossary of shoe designers such as Salvatore Ferragamo, Manolo Blahnik, Vivienne Westwood, and many others. This book is a must-have guide for those interested in collecting and wearing vintage shoes.
About the Author
Caroline Cox is an international authority on fashion history. Originally an art historian, she moved into fashion theory and history in the 1980s, soon becoming Head of Cultural Studies at the London College of Fashion. She was later headhunted to become the International Trends Consultant at Vidal Sassoon's Advanced Academy in London. Caroline broadcasts regularly on fashion and beauty culture for the BBC and as a cultural commentator on fashion trends she appears regularly on radio and TV. For her outstanding contribution to Cultural History Caroline was awarded an Honorary Professorship at the University of Arts, London. She is the author of Stiletto, Seduction, The Handbag, and Vintage Shoes.