1957 | JOSEPHI OF DELMAN | THE ROSE PETAL SANDAL

Several designers feature flowers appliqued on leather. Josephi of Delman, a milliner turned shoe designer, builds one shoe from a fabric rose, with petals forming the bulk of the design, the stem shaping the narrow heel. Only the sole is leather. 
Gay Pauley
United Press, New York | March 21, 1957

1957 | Josephi/Delman | The Rose Petal Sandal
Source: Shoes Of Tomorrow | British Pathé

A similar model - apparently not by Josephi - is kept at the Goldstein Museum Of Design (University of Minnesota).


1955 - 1960 (Museum date) Black Spingolators with rose heelSource: Goldstein Museum Of Design 
University Of Minnesota (Twin Cities)


A ROSE IS A ROSE IS A ROSE

While the same concept (petals as heel) was later adopted by designers such as Pfister and Blahnik, the Frenchman Marc Rakotozanany went even further in 2003 patenting a Josephi replica.

Furthermore, the Josephi stem - a steel cylinder heel - went places, only longer.

HEELSTORY



2003 | Marc Rakotozanany | Talon en forme de fleur
Source: INPI (Institute National de la Propriété Industrielle - France)


 

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