Sunday, September 20, 2015

20 French Shoes at the BSM

In honour of our 20th anniversary year we're creating some fun top 20 lists from the BSM collection! Join us in celebrating this milestone by learning something new and unique about the BSM collection.

This September marks the 400th anniversary of the Francophonie in Ontario and a new art installation is now on display at the BSM created by Parisian artist, Pascale Peyret. As such, we have compiled a list of 20 French shoes in our collection! 
1) Silk Slippers
These blue silk Albert cut slippers date back between 1860-1880 and are said to have been from Provence.

2) Chameleon Shoes
These women's dress shoes come from Montpelier between 1860-1863. 

3) Adelaide Boots
Found in a cottage on Peaks Island, Maine, these boots are French-made from 1855.  

4) Lace Up Boots
This pair of satin ankle boots were designed by French designer, Francois Pinet, in 1870. 

5) Single Mule
This brocade mule from 1700 has a needlepoint toe and a leather-covered Louis heel.

6) Court Shoes
This pair was handcrafted by Pietro Yantorny in the early half of the 20th century. 

7) Silk Boots
The style of this French pair of crimson boots is actually known as Polish or Hungarian.

8) Courreges Boots
Made in France, these cream leather boots are still with their original box from 1964. 

9) Plaid Ankle Boots
These lace up booties are dated from 1855-1865 and are currently on display in our exhibit, "Fashion Victims: The Pleasures and Perils of Dress in the 19th Century".

10) T-Strap Heels
Handmade by French designer Andre Perugia in 1923, these two-tone shoes are fashioned from bronze velvet and metallic gold leather.

11) Wooden Platforms
These heels were purchased by a US army lieutenant while being stationed in France in the mid 1940s.  He sent them to Joyce (Sommer) Bull as a present who wore them and even had leather added to the soles after the war to prolong their longevity.

12) Roger Vivier Pumps
These Vivier originals are from 1963-1969 and have a novelty heel shape and design.

13) Sling-back Platforms
Designed by Pierre Cardin in 1976-1978, these platforms are made of red cast foam.

14) Patent Leather Boots
This pair of metallic wine-coloured boots were designed by Charles Jourdan in the early 1990s. 

15) Chanel Ballet Flats

This pair of Chanel shoes are signature to the iconic brand. These are from the 2007 collection and were used in Montreal as press samples. 

16) Christian Dior Court Shoes
These heels were designed by Roger Vivier between 1960-1963. 

17) Black Pumps
This pair of heels was designed by French designer, Andre Perugia, for Princess Lilian of Belgium in the 1950s.

18) Mules
This pair of sleek mules, by Charles Jourdan, were designed in the mid 1990s.

19) Cathedral Mary Janes
These Christian Louboutin originals from 2007 were inspired by the designer's visit to the Bata Shoe Museum in 2005. They are currently on display in our permanent exhibit, "All About Shoes".

20) Slippers
Made by Yves Saint Laurent in the 1980s, these slippers are covered in pink suede and even have a small wedged heel.