Tuesday, March 29, 2016

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Tuesday Shoes-day: 1920s Shoes Inspiration

Lately I've been working on the second collection for Royal Vintage Shoes.

Wait, what? You haven't even seen the first collection yet!

I know, don't worry! I'm having to adjust to fashion-industry-norms and design and prototype new collections way in advance of when they'll actually arrive. It might seem crazy, but right now I'm working on next Summer's collection!

And it's gonna be 1920s, woo!  So here's what's inspiring me...

Mary, Rose, and Edith from Downton Abbey. How can these gals not be inspiring? Particularly it's Rose's shoes in the middle that are so stunning.
Shoe Icons: 1920s mary jane in green and ivory. This is typical of the fancy applique look of the '20s.
1925 Sears Catalog
Simplicityisbliss on Etsy - another great Mary Jane with a cutout/split strap. Again, very typical of the '20s.
The Met: Oxfords, 1920s
Shoe Icons - reptile skin and leather with cutouts. These are sophisticated, no?
Dollhouse Bettie - modern shoes in metallic leather and black sequins. I like the deco t-strap on these.
Vintage Dancer - 1929 catalog
There's certainly no lack of interesting original designs to choose from. I'm planning 4 designs in two colorways each, for a total of 8 options of the most iconic and beautiful 1920s shoes. Some will be for evening (think metallic leathers), others for day (spectators, oxfords, a nice basic mary jane).

Now I have a lot of work to do!
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18 comments:

  1. Lady Randolph Churchill (Jennie Jerome) "In May 1921, Jennie slipped while coming down a friend's staircase wearing new high-heeled shoes, breaking her ankle. Gangrene set in, and her left leg was amputated above the knee on 10 June. She died at her home in London on 29 June, following a haemorrhage of an artery in her thigh (resulting from the amputation). She was 67 years old" according to WiKipedia (Just thought it was an interesting piece of history about the 1920's "high heels")

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    1. Well that's depressing. It's a wonder how anybody navigates anything in modern heels, WAY higher!

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  2. Yay! I LOVE 1920s shoes. Looking forward to this new collection.

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  3. Which is why one should never allow themselves to befriend a lady who is in possession of an elaborate staircase.

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  4. I just bought a pair or Royals this morning! Black and white spectators. Can't wait to see the new collection!

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  5. I have a couple of pairs of 20s shoes, and the thing I love best about them is the generous, ball of the foot hugging toe and bottom of the vamp. So comfortable, and so easy to dance in. Like a good dance partner, you can always feel them supporting you, but they never pressure your step! The shape of the heel is the sexiest bit -- that slim "ankle" that blossoms into its own little reproduction of the calf before becoming the back of the shoe!!!

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  6. I clicked on the link you posted under the black and gold shoes, but alas, no shoes... Are they available for purchase somewhere?

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    1. I don't believe those are available anymore, but it's where that image originally came from and I wanted to credit it (found on Pinterest originally)

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  7. I love your finds! The collection sounds exciting. I am currently stuck pre-WWI in my own fashion obsession, but the shoes are the part I like best about 1920s fashions.
    ALso, I just happened upon these, I know it's a different decade, but yum: https://www.etsy.com/listing/254359465/amazing-1950s-two-tone-pumps-womens-size?ga_order=most_relevant&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_search_query=white%20shoes%209&ref=sr_gallery_10

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  8. Oooooooooo!!!!! I cannot wait to see what the finished shoes look like. Spectators, Oxfords and Mary Janes, swoon! All my favourites rolled up in one collection.

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  9. They were smart enogh to creat the most comfortable shape of shoes for dancing :) I think at that time people were dancing Charleston everywhere becouse of that type of shoes

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  10. Love these example ideas! I can't wait to see what you create!

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  11. Love these...all of them! I guess I'll start saving my pennies now!

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