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Shoe Digitisation Project Update 5

Over the last week we documented, cleaned, photographed and repacked over 60 shoes for the Shoe Digitisation Project. These were mostly women’s shoes dating from the 1950s and 1960s. Here’s a small selection of the ones which caught our eye! Click on the images to see the full slideshow.

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Intricate Heel

Clarks Skyline; Women’s blue leather ankle strap sandal, c. 1963

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Shoe Digitisation Project Update 7

The Shoe Digitisation Project team is currently working through our collection of mid-late 1960s women’s shoes. This selection were all made by Clarks and show the range of colourful heels and sandals available at the time.

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The Hardy Amies influence

Hardy Amies first gained recognition in the fashion business designing women’s clothes.  He started training in the 1930s before starting his own business in 1945 and being appointed Dressmaker to H.M. Queen Elizabeth.  He was eventually appointed as Design Consultant to the Men’s Division of Clarks in 1962, collaborating with Hugh Brooking Clark.  Hugh believed […]

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The Dilemmas of Collections Management

These ‘Duskdawn’ shoes were made in 1957, and are from the Skyline collection. This image exemplifies the inevitable consequence of displaying our collection in a museum case.  Whilst the shoe on the right hand side has been held in a box away from any light, the shoe on the left has been on display in the museum, and has consequently sustained damage from the light used to illuminate […]

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Killer Heels

The Alfred Gillett Trust not only takes care of Clarks shoes, but also shoes belonging to many other companies. World War II had a huge impact on footwear fashion through the 1940s, and continued to influence trends during the 1950s. High heels were banned in 1942 as part of the war effort, when there was a restriction on […]

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