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Tiny Folio

By (author) Raissa Bretaña


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  • Discover 400 years of fabulous footwear with this miniature visual history
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Christian Dior famously noted that “the real proof of an elegant woman is what is on her feet.” From the surprisingly sexy boots hiding under Victorian crinolines to the glittering T-strap heels worn by flappers dancing the Charleston, a woman’s shoe choice has long been far more than a mundane practicality. Indeed, a beautifully shaped shoe can be a statement of wealth, style, or sexuality — and often all at once.

This petite volume presents 250 eye-catching examples from the 17th century to the present, including many of today’s top designers such as Manolo Blahnik, Christian Louboutin, Roger Vivier, and Nicholas Kirkwood. Fashion historian Raissa Bretaña introduces each new era with a concise overview of the period’s fashionable styles and innovations. A must for shoe collectors and a delight for any fashionista, this Tiny Folio™ will inspire you to put your best foot forward.

About the Author

Raissa Bretaña is a New York–based fashion historian and adjunct instructor at the Fashion Institute of Technology. She has lectured internationally, and consults as a researcher on period film and television productions. Bretaña also hosts a video series for Glamour, in which she fact-checks historical costumes in popular media.

Abbeville Press
26th Oct 2021
World excluding USA, Canada, Puerto Rico, Australia and New Zealand
102 mm x 102 mm
288 Pages
250 color
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Tiny Folio
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