|Our Louis Exclusives come in a dark red and deep blue velveteen with silver embroidery.|
Here’s what we chat about –
- Abby asks Lauren to explain how the exclusive process works for American Duchess.
- Lauren discusses the evolution of the heeled shoe & why we named the shoes after King Louis XIV
- Abby & Lauren chat about Lady Mary Stanhope Gell, who is rumored to have owned the original shoes we were inspired by for the exclusive.
- We giggle about our costuming choices and ideas for the Louis shoes & how we would costume around the shoes.
|Blue velvet shoes with silver embroidery c. 1660, rumored to have belonged to Lady Mary Stanhope (here)|
Here’s the namesake of our shoes, King Louis XIV, rocking some red heels & a hell of a wig –
|King Louis XIV, 1701, by Hyacinthe Rigaud (here)|
Thanks to research done by Kimberly of Silk Damask, below is a portrait of Mary Stanhope from sometime in the early 1600s (when she was still a Radclyffe!). Also, don’t forget to check out Kim’s post on Silk Damask about the shoes & Mary Stanhope, it’s a great summary of what we talk about in the podcast!
|Mary Radclyffe by William Larkin, c. 1610-1613, Berger Collection|
Lauren and Abby both agree that maybe experimenting with doing some costuming c. 1660 would be fun…something like this:
|One of Charles II’s favorite ladies, Barbara Villiers, Countess of Castlemaine & Duchess of Cleveland by Peter Lely (Here)|
We also talk about making an early 1700s mantua, like these to go with the Louis shoe –
|Portrait of a Family in an Interior, Nicolas Walraven van Haften, MFA Boston, 1982.139|
This is the style of gown that Abby is talking about when she references looking like a Mrs. Potato Head.
|Henrietta Maria after Sir Anthony van Dyck, 1630s (NPG London)|
We hope you enjoy the podcast & don’t forget to order your Louis exclusives today! (Easy Pay Layaway & Returns are both possible with our exclusives!)
|Our Louis in a dark red with matching leather heel.|