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1690-1700, FRENCH, SILK AND LEATHER MEN'S SHOES. ALL PHOTOS COURTESY OF THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART
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“I don’t know who invented high heels, but all women owe him a lot.” –Marilyn Monroe

For centuries women have teetered their way to fashion’s greatest heights on a shoe that remains the ultimate sign of feminine style and sex appeal. Kind of ironic since most iconic women’s shoe designers are men: Roger Vivier, Manolo Blahnik and Christian Louboutin, to name a few.

What’s even more interesting, the high-heeled shoe originated not within the feminine sphere but in menswear!

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All images in this post are courtesy of the Special Collections and College Archives at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City.
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Meet one of my favorite artists, George Barbier (1882-1932), one of the master illustrators of the Art Moderne and Art Deco eras. Barbier was a preeminent figure of the period who shaped the visual landscape of the Teens and 20’s. A prolific artist, his work ranged from the graphic arts, set, costume and jewelry design, to book and fashion illustration.

Barbier honed his signature style during a revolutionary time in fashion illustration when artistic license was championed over the realistic—and traditional—depiction of clothing.

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