For 20 years, The Met Store has celebrated a fashionable holiday tradition of its own. Every year since 1997, a selection of shoes from The Costume Institute collection has served as the inspiration for a set of shoe ornaments.
With over 5,000 pairs of shoes ranging from the 14th to the 21st century, there is no shortage of models for these miniature collectibles. Each year, up to seven highlights from this expansive collection are carefully chosen and reinterpreted, to ensure the shoe ornaments maintain the character of the historic originals.
The resulting set honors The Costume Institute with a festive spirit. The ornaments are not direct reproductions of shoes in the collection but rather are inspired by the creativity and panache of the original designs. This year’s set focuses on icons of 20th-century shoe design from France, Britain, and the United States.
Designs highlighted in the set include the Festive Holly Shoe Ornament, which was modeled on a pair of British pumps from 1910–15. The embroidered holly print would be perfect to wear to a holiday party, but looks equally stylish hanging on a Christmas tree.
The Blue Embellished Shoe Ornament recalls a pair of elaborate evening boots made in France in 1957. The sequins, beads, and blossoms that adorn the boots are a testament to the creativity and craftsmanship of the designer, which is echoed in the hand-painted ornament.
New for the 2017 holiday season, our beloved shoe tradition is joined by a set of chic dress ornaments that also pay homage to The Costume Institute. The Dress Ornament Set focuses on three stylish dresses from the collection, including an 18th-century ensemble and two 20th-century classics. The elegant little figures in their French and American designs express moments in fashion history while looking thoroughly glamorous.
The mouth-blown, hand-painted glass figures are made in Italy by Soffieria De Carlini, a family company that has been crafting fine ornaments since 1947. Their 70-year tradition of glass blowing can be seen in the unique character of each ornament.
Bring the style of The Costume Institute home for the holidays with these two traditions, both old and new, from The Met Store.
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