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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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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