Ciao Bella: Eight Decades of Italian Shoe Design for the 2014 DesignPhiladelphia Festival

September 9, 2014 | DesignPhiladelphia, 2014 Festival

CIAO BELLA: EIGHT DECADES OF ITALIAN SHOE DESIGN
WED OCTOBER 15 | 6PM - 8PM | TICKETS: $25, HERE

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PART OF THE 2014 DESIGNPHILADELPHIA FESTIVAL

Take a walk through the rich history of Italian footwear in a lecture led by Clare Sauro, Curator of the Robert and Penny Fox Historic Costume Collection at Drexel University. The discussion will explore the cultural significance of shoe design, from Salvatore Ferragamo to the fashion-forward shoes produced by houses such as Prada and Romeo Gigli, and will be followed by a private viewing of select examples of Italian footwear in the Fox Historic Costume Collection. The FHCC, housed in the Westphal College of Media Arts & Design, is one of the finest teaching collections in the United States. With more than 12,000 articles of fashionable dress and accessories, textiles and ephemera, it serves as an educational and inspirational resource to a community of historians, scholars, artists and designers.

 

more about the Robery and Penny Fox Historic Costume Collection (FHCC)

The Robert and Penny Fox Historic Costume Collection (FHCC) was formed to serve as an educational resource for the students of Drexel University. Through the remarkable generosity of our donors, the collection has become one of the finest teaching collections in the United States. Our mission as a University-based collection is to educate and inspire, while providing a significant resource for an ever-expanding community of historians, scholars, artists, and designers. Westphal College’s new URBN Center facility has greatly improved the accessibility and visibility of the FHCC and allowed us to honor A. J. Drexel’s original educational intent in taking a leadership role in research and scholarship, while preserving the collection for future generations of researchers and admirers.

 
All images courtesy of Westphal College and Drexel University. Visit Drexel University's Westphal College of Media Arts + Design on the web here.

 

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