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Shoes A-Z. The Collection of The Museum at FIT

150Edition: Multilingual (English, French, German)Availability: In Stock

Step inside one of the world’s most enviable closets to celebrate the empowering, sensual, playful, and practical shoe. Hundreds of groundbreaking designs, ephemera, and sketches are featured in this volume, a follow-up to Fashion Designers A–Z, from the most coveted labels such as Louis Vuitton, Salvatore Ferragamo, Chanel, Gucci, Saint Laurent, Roger Vivier, Christian Louboutin, and more.

Also available as a Limited Collector’s Edition with a portfolio of three custom prints by Manolo Blahník

Famous First Edition: First printing of 10,000 numbered copiesHardcover10.3 x 13.2 in.9.49 lb532 pages

“TASCHEN’s massive Shoes A-Z, weighing nearly 10 pounds, culled from archives at New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology, pairs histories with foot-tall images of both 18th century and insane contemporary ideas. It’s hard to stop browsing.”

Chicago Tribune

“This collection of more than 400 pairs of shoes — Manolos, Louboutins — can be enjoyed without giving up an inch of one’s shoe rack.”

The New York Times
“Shoes are a language; they speak of our identity. They delight and shock, captivate, cajole, and appall. They heighten us, embolden us, dictate the very way we move. They are also surely one of life’s great joys.”
Daphne Guinness
Shoes A-Z. The Collection of The Museum at FIT

Shoes A-Z. The Collection of The Museum at FIT


Footwear Fantasy

Exclusive access to the shoe collection of The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology

Sky-high, ornate, and the pinnacle of glamour, both restrictive and liberating, art object and deeply ordinary, shoes tell the story of shifting attitudes toward desire, power, and wealth throughout history. Lace up for a journey through the most enviable shoe closet from the permanent collection at The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology—and four centuries of fashion’s hardest working accessory.

Featuring designs from the likes of Louis Vuitton, Salvatore Ferragamo, Chanel, Gucci, Saint Laurent, Roger Vivier, Christian Louboutin, and more, Shoes A–Z. The Collection of The Museum at FIT celebrates fashion’s most revolutionary and coveted labels with more than 400 styles selected from the Museum’s pristinely preserved collection. Texts from Daphne Guinness, Valerie Steele, Colleen Hill, and The Museum’s expert team of curators explore the unique legacy of each of the featured designers and the lasting cultural impact of the shoe. Also featured are custom portraits of the designers by illustrator Robert Nippoldt. Exclusive access to original sketches, advertisements, and photographs from the designers’ private archives further illuminate the genius behind the functional, sculptural delights we cannot live without.

Also available as Collector’s Edition of 1,000 numbered copies, including three prints by Manolo Blahník created exclusively for this edition with a hallmark stamp. The 6/8 color drawings are printed on 100% cotton paper, by famed Italian company Fabriano, and are housed in a luxury portfolio with gold foil embossing and with a ribbon closure.
The editors and authors

Colleen Hill is curator of costume and accessories at The Museum at FIT. Since joining MFIT in 2006, Hill has curated or co-curated more than a dozen exhibitions, including Ravishing: The Rose in Fashion, Fairy Tale Fashion, and Reinvention and Restlessness: Fashion in the 90s. She has authored or co-authored seven books on fashion and contributed to numerous other publications.

Valerie Steele is director and chief curator of The Museum at FIT and founding editor of Fashion Theory. Described in The Washington Post as one of “fashion’s brainiest women” and by Suzy Menkes as “the Freud of fashion,” Steele combines serious scholarship (and a Yale Ph.D.) with a rare ability to communicate with general audiences. As author, curator, and editor, Steele has been instrumental in creating the modern field of fashion studies.

The contributing author

Daphne Guinness is a multimedia artist. A celebrated authority on fashion and couture, she has worked with some of this century's most esteemed designers and photographers. Straddling roles as model, collector, musician, writer, and muse, she is best known for her work with photographers David LaChapelle, Steven Klein, and Nick Knight. Guinness was founder of the Isabella Blow Foundation, which supported education in the arts and mental health research.

Shoes A-Z. The Collection of The Museum at FIT
Hardcover26.2 x 33.6 cm4.30 kg532 pages

ISBN 978-3-8365-9624-4

Edition: Multilingual (English, French, German)
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