Delman might play second fiddle to its Parisian counterpart Repetto in the ballet flat department, but we've always had a soft spot for the label's classic construction and oh-so-sweet styling. Apparently, Valerie Steele and co. over at F.I.T. agree. They've curated an entire exhibit dedicated to the 90-year-old shoemaker. "Scandal Sandals and Lady Slippers: A History of Delman Shoes" will be on display March 9 through April 4, 2010, featuring shoes from 1926 to 2007. Sure, there are some must-see styles in there, but what's really interesting about founder Herman Delman's shoes is that he hired some heavy hitting designers to realize them. The 50-pair collection includes shoes created by the likes of Roger Vivier and Herbert Levine. While the shoes are certainly the main attraction--white leather Mary Janes circa 1965, anyone?--our inner fashion history geek is psyched about the period examples of print advertisements, newsreel footage and illustrated patents that will also be included.
Inès de la Fressange on Roger Vivier and Why the Word 'Sexy' Has Been 'Ruining Fashion for 20 Years'
Roger Vivier--the brand credited with inventing the stiletto--has a long and rich history, all documented in the new Rizzoli tome Roger Vivier. To celebrate the release of the book, head designer Bruno Frisoni and brand ambassador Inès de la Fressange sat down with FIT's fashion historian Valerie Steele Wednesday evening to chat about the history of Roger Vivier and Frisoni's own creations for the brand.