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At Milan Fashion Week, Salvatore Ferragamo wowed audiences with an audacious collection of sporty platforms. However the Italian label has a protracted history of great design, dating again to the late 1920s. A lot of that history is preserved within the company’s archive and museum in Florence, Italy.

Stefania Ricci, Ferragamo’s museum and archive director, shared a couple of inside particulars concerning the historical assortment and a few of its most beneficial items.

How many objects are in the archive?
“We have near 15,000 because we also gather the latest collections.”

Which piece is the oldest?
“We have a shoe that dates to 1927, when Salvatore Ferragamo came again from the U.S. The title of the shoe is Labyrinth. This shoe has on the higher a special embroidery, which is handmade in silk. It’s like a cubist drawing, and it’s very dramatic.”

What is the most dear shoe?
“We have a golden shoe that Ferragamo made in 1966 for an Australian customer. It was crucial as a result of it was 18k gold and was made with a goldsmith on Ponte Vecchio. The footwear price $1,000 within the 1960s. Also, we've one other sandal that we made for a charity for Elton John in 2001, and there are diamonds on the footwear. The worth of these was greater than 25,000 euros [or $25,800 at current exchange].”

Does include shoes worn by celebrities?
“Yes, we've a number of sneakers made for Marilyn Monroe, Greta Garbo, Audrey Hepburn and others.”

What is your favorite piece in the collection?
“It’s not easy to pick, because they are like pieces of artwork and are so completely different. Considered one of my favorites is a laced shoe that's fabricated from cellophane, which is normally used to cover bonbons. Ferragamo used it in the course of the 1930s, as a result of it was the beginning of the second World Conflict and it was not possible to get leather-based for the shoes. ferragamo sale belts of bonbons was given to his mom, so he had the thought to offer the cellophane to the ladies that work with cotton, and they crocheted the higher of the shoe. It’s an exquisite shoe. It’s black cellophane and it additionally has yellow and purple cellophane. Very elegant, but very new and distinctive.”

Does the archive inspire present Ferragamo designs?
“Yes, for instance, within the fall ’16 style show for males in Milan, Massimiliano Giornetti used a particular shoe made by Salvatore Ferragamo for Andy Warhol. It’s a lace-up shoe in Kautschuk [rubber], but it’s painted by Andy Warhol.