1934 | PADOVA's ANDRE PERUGIA AT SAKS FIFTH AVENUE, NEW YORK

Padova's André Perugia Art Show
Source: The New York Sun, March 20, 1934

SHOES IN AN ART GALLERY
Opening of the new Padova salon at Saks-Fifth Avenue, featuring shoes at $50 to $500 a pair, is being promoted through a $75,000 Padova Exhibit of American painting and sculpture. Around exhibits of "footwear of the future" by Andre Perugia, famous shoe designer and a few of his colleagues, appear canvases by Barnard Lintott, John Sloan, August John and others. A percentage of the sale of the art works goes to Child Welfare Federation. Wilma Soss, freelance publicity counselor, who supervised the opening, estimates that 2.000 women in and near New York are "willing to pay $50 to $500 a pair for shoes." Purchases, says Mrs. Soss, range from four to fifty pairs. 
Source: The New York Sun | March 24, 1934


1934 | PADOVA's André Perugia at Saks Fifth Avenue
Source: The New York Sun

The art show was held at the Ferargil Galleries, a respected New York commercial art gallery founded by Frederic Newlin price in 1915.

On monday, the Ferargil Galleries opens the Padova Exhibit of American painting and sculpture arranged in honor of M. Andre Perugia, famous shoe designer and art collector, who is in this country for a few weeks. 
The New York Sun, March 17, 1934  

Andre Perugia of Paris has arranged a thoroughly Parisian exhibition in the Ferargil Galleries. Wishing to call attention to his designs for ladies' footwear, he has assembled a most unusual collection of studies of feet by American painters and sculptors. This association of art and industry undoubtedly would strike a Parisienne as being piquant in the extreme - and it may, indeed, make the same impression upon the average New Yorkienne. In any case, the artists contribute all sorts of curious and entertaining ideas upon the subject of feet …
M. Perugia's own work, in sandals, is beyond belief. The little shoes are almost too beautiful to be worn.
 
The New York Sun, March 24, 1934

March 14, 1934
Radical design from Padova's André Perugia
Source: Spokane Daily Chronicle

AHEAD OF HIS TIME
This is the first appearance of the stacked spheres heel (talon a boules) made famous sixteen (16) years later by Eartha Kitt

1934 | ANDRE PERUGIA

ANDRE PERUGIA
D O S S I E R


ON THEIR WAY TO THE GRAND OPENING OF THE PADOVA SALON

1934, March 6th | On ocean liner S.S. Berengaria
André Perugia and Lucienne Legrand
Source: Historic Images

ORIGINAL PRESS PHOTO CAPTION
Arriving On S.S. Berengaria
André Perugia, director of Padova, pictured as he fitted one of his creations on miss Lucienne Legrand, French stylist, on their arrival in New york, March 6th, on the S.S. Berengaria.
Credit line (ACME) 3/6/34



 

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