Shoes of Tomorrow: 1950s Fashion & Designers (1957) | British Pathé

Shoes of Tomorrow: 1950s Fashion & Designers (1957) | British Pathé

Who dictates fashion, the designers or the women who wear it? Take a closer look as we go into a high end shoe design studio in central London to learn about shoe fashion in the 1950s.

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Central London.

C/U of a book titled ‘English Women’s Clothing In The Last Century’. A woman’s hand opens the book and points at various drawings of lady’s boots. Tilt down to another book containing photographs of antique footwear. M/S of a female fashion designer for a “leading shoe store” (Dolcis) working at a desk, behind her on shelves different styles of shoes are on display. C/U of the drawing of a stiletto she is working on. M/S of the woman flicking through a book of fabric samples. C/U of the drawing, tilt up to three completed shoes.

M/S of a woman making a shoe at a desk covered in samples of fabric and half-completed shoes. C/U of the woman’s face as she works. C/U of the white lace mule. She fixes a bouquet of fake roses to the mule before placing it on the table.

M/S of a model, Judy, sitting on a red carpeted staircase, putting on a pair of Victorian button up boots. C/U of Judy’s hands using a button hook to fasten the boots. C/U of a model’s feet wearing the modernised version of the Victorian boot – false buttons and a zip fastener. C/U of a model’s feet wearing a modern version of the court jester’s boots made from purple satin with bells on the ends of the curled toes and named ‘Punchinello’. C/U of a heel of a white mule designed to look like a cage and contains a plastic model of a monkey inside! C/U of the entire shoe worn by a model. C/U of another pair of white mules worn by a model. The wedge heel of the mule, appropriately named ‘Swan Lake’, is made from clear perspex revealing inside a model of swans swimming. C/U of a model’s feet wearing a pair of very sexy spike heeled red mules. C/U of the back of the heel which are decorated with a picture of a Japanese woman, hence their name – ‘Mitsouko’.

C/U of a model’s feet walking up stairs wearing a pair of pink stiletto sandals decorated with rose petals, “for glamorous special evenings”. The narrator comments “if they were awkward to walk in what about these…” C/U of a model’s feet walking falteringly up stairs wearing a pair of 19th century wooden soled shoes from China. The model totters awkwardly across the red carpet.

M/S of a model, Ginia, dressed in flowing lavender satin sitting beside a coffee table. On the table is a mirror, a make-up bag and a handbag. Ginia clips on her diamante earrings. C/U of her hands clipping matching diamante broaches to the toes of her black stilettos – “yet another of the ingenious ideas from designers today for the shoes of tomorrow!”

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9 Comments

  1. VII The Magician on January 2, 2019 at 12:46 pm

    AMAZING recently I saw the photos of a fashion event and guess what? These shoes could easily be in today’s events of high fashion. This people really understand their job and the aesthetic of the past for bring it in the future!



  2. samalyy on January 2, 2019 at 12:47 pm

    Omg those chinese shoes are crazy. Anyway love this channel.



  3. KidOnTheNet on January 2, 2019 at 12:52 pm

    That’s really cool. A lot of those shoe designs still look stylish.



  4. 미셜비 on January 2, 2019 at 1:01 pm

    Celebrity "designers" today really love to claim that they’ve invented new things in fashion like shoe styles… but their grandmas have done it decades before them. Nothing is new under the sun.



  5. Nurra Kugy on January 2, 2019 at 1:01 pm

    1:38 the rose petal ones are cute!



  6. jessicaaudate on January 2, 2019 at 1:03 pm

    Love this channel



  7. Veronica Kövesdy on January 2, 2019 at 1:10 pm

    They are cute. But a ‘little’ unstable.



  8. Jackie Leonard on January 2, 2019 at 1:13 pm

    Some of them could pass for Irregular Choice!



  9. Dionaea Muscipula on January 2, 2019 at 1:32 pm

    How interesting, love em all!