1958 -1959 | CLEOPATRA SANDALS | VIGEVANO

1963 | Cleopatra by Fratelli Manea logo
Source: Archivio Centrale dello Stato

The 20th Century Fox's blockbuster starring Elizabeth Taylor was yet to come (it was released in 1963), but at the end of the Fifties the legend of Cleopatra was all the rage. The production of the movie was already started and the magazine Life had asked Richard Avedon to recreate with Marilyn Monroe the image of the actress Theda Bara who had played the role of Cleopatra in 1917.


1958 - 1959 | Cleopatra by Fratelli Manea, Vigevano
Leather sandal 

Around the same time a shoe factory in Vigevano was working on a series of leather sandals inspired by the alleged style of the Egyptian Queen, with hieroglyphs carved into the leather and curious heels shaped as a cube.

The shoe factory was the Ditta Cleopatra dei Fratelli Manea (trademarked in 1963) and the series is now featured at the archives of the Nederlands Leder en Schoenen Museum.


1958 - 1959 | Cleopatra by Fratelli Manea, Vigevano
Leather sandal 

1958 - 1959 | Cleopatra by Fratelli Manea, Vigevano
Leather sandal 

1958 - 1959 | Cleopatra by Fratelli Manea, Vigevano
Leather sandal 

1958 - 1959 | Cleopatra by Fratelli Manea, Vigevano
Leather sandal 

1958 - 1959 | Cleopatra by Fratelli Manea, Vigevano
Leather sandal 

1958 - 1959 | Cleopatra by Fratelli Manea, Vigevano
Leather sandal 

1958 - 1959 | Cleopatra by Fratelli Manea, Vigevano
Leather sandal 


 

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