At the end of each year, our team reports on the Museum’s activities from the past twelve months – including what objects have been added to the Permanent Collection. As we compiled our list of 2015 acquisitions, there were a few unforgettable pieces that demanded our attention. These striking suede and leather heels from the 1930s are undoubtedly one of our “Staff Picks” for Favorite New Acquisition of 2015:
1930 - 1935
Suede and metallic leather
There is so much to take in when you look at these shoes. Does your eye travel directly to the graphically striped cuff? Maybe you first notice the silver and black bow, or the metallic heel. The boldness of these embellishments demonstrates how the nature of Art Deco design began to subtly change in the 1930s. Speed lines and smooth curves became the hallmark of what is now known as Streamline Moderne, the 1930s interpretation of Art Deco. Think of the blocky carvings and statues that adorn New York City’s Rockefeller Center, which opened in May 1933. The industrial design world embraced Streamline Moderne, and examples of this style appeared on everything from cars to clocks.