SHOES: A BRIEF HISTORY

Shoes: A brief History

Changing styles in footwear have always captured the imagination and communicated the priorities and ambitions of the wearer—during the reign of Henry VIII, exaggerated shapes and wide toes were footwear’s reflection of the aggressive social climate of the court, while engravings of Queen Victoria show impossibly narrow slippers, worn in pursuit of 19th-century ideals of daintiness. This colorful book provides an engaging overview of the history of footwear.

Shoes: a brief history
Linda Woolley y Lucy Johston

SHOES PLEASURE AND PAIN

Shoes Plasure and Pain / Libro

Beautiful, sculptural objects, shoes are powerful indicators of gender, status, identity, taste, and even sexual preference. Our choice in shoes can be aspirational, even fantastical—and can project an image not just of who we are, but of who we want to be. Feet are made for walking, but shoes may not be. Featuring extensive new photography, this is a beautiful and authoritative guide to the history and culture of footwear. Iconic creations by celebrated designers sit alongside masterpieces by unknown craftsmen. Embracing both men’s and women’s footwear, from the Chinese lotus shoe to laser-printed contemporary shoes-as-sculpture, Shoes: Pleasure & Pain engages with the cultural significance of shoes—the source of their allure, how they are made, and the people who buy and wear them. Contributors from a wide range of disciplines consider subjects as diverse as ballet slippers and fetishism, shoes and ceramics, traditional shoemaking, and the obsessive shoe collector. The book also includes a comprehensive discussion of the history of shoe design, and case studies including Marie Antoinette’s shoe collection and the footwear of the Maharajas.

Shoes: Pleasure and pain

  • Editor: Helen Persson
  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Victoria & Albert Museum (May 19, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1851778322
  • ISBN-13: 978-1851778324

http://www.amazon.com/Shoes-Pleasure-Pain-Helen-Persson/dp/1851778322

HILOS DE HISTORIA

El Museo Nacional de Historia muestra por primera vez su colección de Indumentaria.
Hasta julio de 2015

AMY CONGDON / DESIGNER-RESEARCHER

As a designer Amy is interested in exploring the crossovers between design and science, through a highly experimental and research driven practice.  Using speculative design work she investigates the implications of engaging with new technologies, such as biotechnology. Employing her work as a vehicle to provoke debate, and discussion, into the potential ramifications of using living materials to create our future products.

Alongside her speculative work Amy continues to work within laboratories with existing life science technologies, such as tissue culture, to further her research and understanding of the current capabilities of these technologies.  One of the most influential periods of time spent working within a lab was during a residency at SymbioticA “the world’s first artistic laboratory dedicated to the research, learning, critique and hands-on engagement with the life sciences”.  She is currently collaborating with tissue engineers at Kings College London, to read more about this research please click here.  Amy has also worked with synthetic biology in her role as design advisor to the 2012 UEA NRP iGem team.

vía ABOUT — AMY CONGDON.

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