Miuccia vs. Salvatore

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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