2013 | EVERGREEN: THE FISH SHOE DESIGN

Ciclicamente qualcuno inventa la scarpa pesce spacciandola per novità. E ciclicamente qualcuno abbocca. Questa volta é toccato a Maria Teresa Veneziani (Corriere della Sera) che - osservando la nuova collezione del marchio Mario Valentino - ha scritto:

“Mario Valentino. L’inventore dello stiletto ha presentato il sandalo pesce, altissimo, con tanto di occhi”.
Maria Teresa Veneziani
Corriere della Sera - 21 settembre 2013

Every once in a while someone invents the fish-shoe. And all the time someone takes the bait. Enter journalist Maria Teresa Veneziani (Corriere della Sera daily): looking at the new Mario Valentino collection, she wrote:
Mario Valentino. Stiletto's inventor, showcased the fish-sandal, very high heel and eyes to boot. 
Maria Teresa Veneziani
Corriere della Sera - September, 21 2013


Mario Valentino
2013 | September, 20
Source: Corriere della Sera daily

Mario Valentino (l'uomo, non il marchio) aveva molti meriti, ma certamente non ha inventato lo stiletto, le cui origini vanno ricercate altrove. Come pure nulla ha inventato chi ha disegnato questa scarpa-pesce-2013 che palesemente si ispira al modello con cui André Perugia ha omaggiato il pittore George Braque: uno dei modelli più famosi della storia della calzatura.

Mario Valentino (the man, not the brand) had plenty of merits, but certainly did not invent the stiletto, whose origins are to be sought elsewhere. And the same goes to whoever designed this updated fish-shoe which is clearly inspired by the celebrated André Perugia model (homage to the painter George Braque): among the most famous designs in the footwear history.



Photo from: SHOES | Linda O'Keeffe
SOURCE: Workman Publishing, 1996


Mario Valentino SpA | SS 2014
Photograph by Francesco Trucchia
Source: Mario Valentino Facebook page

Mario Valentino, scomparso nel 1991, era un ammiratore di Perugia (diceva che disegnava gioielli più che scarpe) e molto probabilmente avrebbe apprezzato il tributo che la sua azienda ha offerto al bottier italo-francese, solo lo avrebbe fatto con più eleganza, citandolo espressamente.

The late Mario Valentino (he died in 1991) was a Perugia enthusiast ("He designed jewels not shoes" he said) and most likely he would have appreciated the tribute that his company has offered to the Italian-French bottier, only he would have done it with more flair and elegance.



F O O T N O T E

Fashion journalist Maria Teresa Veneziani (right) has other fish to fry
Source: Mario Valentino facebook page


UPDATE DECEMBER 2013/JANUARY 2014

2013 | Charlotte Olympia | London | S/S 2014
Catch Of The Day Platform Pump |
Hand Made In Italy (Same place as Valentino's??)
Available At Neiman Marcus € 931,54 ONLY

Year Unknown | From the archives of
Georgina Goodman
Source: Georgina Goodman

Everyone who know shoes knows this is not an original design yet it gave people an opportunity to wear a ode to such an iconic design. The proof I'm afraid is not on the internet.. the shoe was made a fair few years ago. It was not intended to rip off but celebrate.

Copying in fashion is rife but the intention of Georgina Goodman is not to produce copies but either celebrate the best and push design further but of course inspiration comes from a vast history of design. 
Laura Gostling
At Georgina Goodman


The One And ONLY Fish Shoe (& The First Clones)


 

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