Exhibit: Delman Shoes @ FIT

Scandal Sandals & Lady Slippers: A History of Delman Shoes
March 9 – April 3, 2010
The Museum at FIT, NYC

Delman, cocktail shoe, multi-color floral print with gold brocade, circa 1958, USA. On loan from Delman Archive. Photograph by Eileen Costa.

The Museum at FIT presents Scandal Sandals & Lady Slippers: A History of Delman Shoes, featuring a vibrant and detailed selection of the glamorous, innovative, and classic styles that made Delman Shoes—now celebrating its 90th anniversary—a leader in women’s footwear. As the first exhibition devoted to the history of the brand, Scandal Sandals will explore and reveal the company’s renowned style, advertising and craftsmanship. The objects on display, dating roughly between 1926 and 2007, will chronicle the company’s rich and creative past. Delman shoes were worn by many movie stars and distinguished women of society, including Jacqueline Kennedy, Joan Crawford, Marilyn Monroe, and Marlene Dietrich. The company’s name will forever be associated with these iconic women.

Scandal Sandals and Lady Slippers has been organized and curated by FIT graduate students of the Fashion and Textile Studies: History, Theory, Museum Practice program.* The exhibition celebrates the 90th anniversary of Delman and marks the 25th anniversary of FIT’s Fashion and Textile Studies graduate program.

*Thanx Nicole for sending this info along to Worn Through. Good luck with the exhibition!

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  • Nicole January 15, 2010 01.45 pm

    Thanks so much Monica!!

  • Lydia January 18, 2010 10.56 am

    Having spent many hours working in FIT’s vast collection, I still get excited for each new exhibit. I’ve been enjoying your blog – thank you.


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