Friday, June 20, 2008

Shoes: Maurice Arnoult Exhibition (2)

A few days ago, I posted about the Maurice Arnoult exhibition. He is a true French treasure, and fortunately teaches aspiring shoe makers to keep his extraordinary craft alive.

The exhibition features models by some of his students: the elegant black and white boots with wooden buttons are by Tamamo Nagashima, and the shoes with the exquisite bow and pin are by Isabel André, while the two pairs of super creative lace-up/button-up boots are by the amazing Elodie Gaulard.
I have their contact info and will try to get them to answer any questions you may post in the Comments.

On a walls of the exhibition were quotes, including one by Sacha Guitry: "High heels were invented by a woman who was tired of getting kissed on the forehead".
I liked how it suggested that thanks to shoes and heels, women become fully-fledged adults, not patronized creatures...

"To be carried by one's shoes, to find wings in them" (Roger Vivier)

28 comments:

littlebird said...

Great photographs and such beautiful work,
am off to investigate further.

marie said...

oh those last lace up ones are amazing!
i really must go and see this!!

artycho said...

These shoes are just amazing! What a great exhibition that must be!

ALL THE BEST said...

Oh, how wonderful! I love them all!!

Anonymous said...

one word: exquisite .
nancy

My Castle in Spain said...

Oh..divine! and so is the quote by Sacha Guitry

found you through Vanessa (stopping to eat the roses)

and I loved your little makeup/MAC tribute to Elsa Schiaparelli's "rose shocking". She's by all means one of my favorite designers...

Keep being beautifully inspired..
:-)

tangobaby said...

Oh, I knew you would come through with more pictures. I almost fainted when I saw the green boots.

These shoes all are simply stunning. I wish I could see them in person.

Octavine Illustration said...

i actually did a little gasp as i scrolled down the page. wow. they are so beautiful. my mouth is still open, watering. the bottom pic (red boots with beautiful detailed upper) is my fave, but i love them all. little pieces of exquisite wearable art.

Laura said...

I simply love the second from top!

jade said...

i think i might have pleasant recurring dreams about the green button boots. wow.

gracia said...

Those shoes! Looks like a great exhibition. Yes, such swoon-worthy things you do present here... and here's to signature pink lipstick as well.

everybodysaysdont said...

Wonderful post.

By the way - I've tagged you...

http://everybodysaysdont.blogspot.com/

MadameDior said...

oh my they are all beautiful, i am loving the green boots with red stitching =]

Vanessa said...

Oh the pretty things! Someday I'm going to be able to simultaneously afford Roger Vivier AND make a rent check. :-)

Thank you for stopping by my blog. A very nice, stylish one you got here!

A World in a PAN said...

A croquer!

enc said...

I'm in love with those green shoes. That color is incredible.

Solange said...

You shoe addict :-) very nice pictures, and you seem to photograph so many interesting things.

have a good week ahead!

Solange

the traveler's soul said...

And with these shoes
I thought of Cinderella...

Wandering on the net
I was surprised to discover that...

In the original Russian folktale, Cinderellas loses
her fur-trimmed shoes,
but as a result of
mistranslation into French,
they had become glass shoes.
Professor Pnin re marked . . .
that Cendrillon's shoes
were not made of glass but
of Russian squirrel fur-
-vair in French...

This squirrel is a variety
of the Eurasian Red Squirrel, Sciurus vulgaris.
In the coldest parts
of Northern and Central Europe, especially the Baltic region,
the winter coat of this squirrel
is blue-grey on the back
and white on the belly,
and was much used for the lining
of cloaks called mantles.
It was sewn together
in alternating cup-shaped pieces
of back and stomach fur,
resulting in a pattern
of grey-blue and grey-white
which, when simplified
in heraldic drawing and painting, became blue and white
in alternating pieces

karina said...

The green ones are incredibles!

Nay'Chelle said...

Wow all of those shoes are amazing. I had to do a double take on the last pair.

mansuetude said...

loving the quotes, and those shoes--red, ahhh; the green too; the top two, for a soft world.

interesting about the glass slipper vs fur. hmm..

Jessie Cacciola said...

love that first one. the thin stripes and the buttons -- it's beautiful. :)

Kwana said...

I love the photos and the quote about being tired of being kissed on the forehead is fab. Thanks for sharing.

Imelda Matt said...

stunning and that he's still sharing his wisdom and skill is a blessing.

diana @ please sir said...

Oh my these are lovely - great photos too!

Bonbon Oiseau said...

These shoes are incredible! I wish i could see the exhibition! I love your blog!

Rita O said...

ve been browsing your posts, love those shoes.

Lucy said...

i love these shoes