“Shoe Stories” is an educational and educational project of Shoes Report magazine and the State Historical Museum
13.09.2023 3524

“Shoe Stories” is an educational and educational project of Shoes Report magazine and the State Historical Museum

This year, Shoes Report magazine launched an educational and educational project dedicated to the history of shoes and accessories, which was supported by the State Historical Museum (GIM). Several materials prepared by GIM research staff specifically for our publication have already been published in printed versions.

The goal of the joint project is to introduce as many people as possible to the history of shoes and accessories whose professional activities today are connected with the fashion and shoe markets.

In our materials, specialists, researchers, collectors, and curators of museum collections talk about the emergence of different shoe styles, models of handbags, about famous shoe brands in Russia and European countries, about famous shoemakers and leather craftsmen of past centuries, about unique samples of shoes and items of ladies' and men's toilet of the XNUMXth-XNUMXth centuries, preserved to this day in museum collections and private collections. The idea was born by the editor-in-chief of Shoes Report magazine, Natalya Timashova, and was supported by the press service of the State Historical Museum, for which we are very grateful to our colleagues.

The series of publications in the magazine opened with material about the French shoemaker, one of the first shoe designers, Francois Pinay, who lived and worked in the 1880th century. Ladies' shoes made of morocco, leather and kid, with bead embroidery and silk braid, from the 2022s by Pinet from the collection of the State Historical Museum were presented at the exhibition “Crinoline. Jacket. Sweatshirt. Big City Style”, held in the halls of the museum in the fall of XNUMX.

The famous Frenchman is considered not only the creator of the first designer shoes, but also the father of soft shoes for babies, which, according to one legend, is so called thanks to Francois Pinay. The son of a provincial shoemaker, he opened his workshop in Paris in the mid-1850s, and for the next half century he provided shoes to the most discerning local clientele. Later, largely thanks to his collaboration with the legendary fashion designer Charles Worth, he became popular among European aristocrats and American millionaires. It was Pinay and Worth who became the founders of high fashion, haute couture - exclusive, impeccably made and fabulously expensive things.

Pinay was a real innovator: apparently, it was he who was the first among shoemakers to begin putting branded labels, or, as they would now say, logos, on their products. His shoes had a first-class cut and were made from the best materials, but the main feature of his style was embroidery. Skilful handmade floral embroidery covered satin shoes and walking boots - always with flirty waisted heels. Several hundred home-based embroiderers worked in Pina: they hand-embroidered blanks, from which shoes were then made at the factory.

Photos courtesy of the State Historical Museum.

This year, Shoes Report magazine launched an educational and educational project dedicated to the history of shoes and accessories, which was supported by the State Historical Museum (GIM). IN…
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