Nov 01, 2017 | By Laura Welch
Jan 14, 2011
Leather vs. Cellophane. 2011 vs. mid-1930s. Whatever else may have been tacked on the inspiration boards in the hallowed halls of Prada’s design atelier last year, without a doubt Salvatore Ferragamo’s woven-cellophane shoes were front and center. While materials rationing in fascist Italy produced of some of the most innovative footwear of the 20th century– Ferragamo, in part, was inspired by traditional filipino shoes woven with grass– Prada is certainly making a case already for the 2010s.
Salvatore Ferragamo, 1930s-40s Prada S/S 2011
Filippino shoe in woven grass, 1931 Salvatore Ferragamo, 1941
Prada S/S 2011, photo courtesy of Garance Doré
Both photos, Salvatore Ferragamo, 1930s For more information on Ferragamo, visit the official museum site.
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