What does the shoes mean to you?
Initially looked like a rich woman’s shoe that doesn’t walk often because of its small size and gold colour. We noted it could possibly be a shoe for a bound (Chine binding) foot also due to its small size.
We also thought it had a regal appearance suggesting statue for its colour and exclusivity. Looks like it is made for show rather wear, as it doesn’t look comfortable. Doesn’t look practical for outside use – the sole is thin, looks handmade? Expensive etc.
Could be a slipper for this reason (historical indoor footwear)
Status, Utility, Symbolic Differentiation
‘The design, art, craft, fashion, sex, and write constitute the story of centuries of shoes, shoe designers and producers make footwear beyond the everyday functional role, made for social values, rights and passion of expression’. – V&A Gallery Curator
Modest Fashion : Styling Bodies, Mediating Faith
‘This intriguing collection offers a fresh perspective on modesty and fashion linkage, a topic that has become so important lately. By examining modest dressing across faiths and contexts, and detailing diverse ways religions, markets and the internet interact, shape and are shaped by lived experience, the chapters in this book vividly show why studying fashion and religion matters. The diversity of the book, with contributors from academia, business world and the media, and its focus on the interrelationships among fashion production and consumption practices of Christian, Jewish and Muslim faith groups make it a constant delight to read. Overall, a wonderful discussion of new configurations of “modest fashions” in the contemporary world.’
Why is it appropriate: This reading is appropriate because it covers the topic of fashion through religion and culture, and this exhibition held at the V&A Gallery where this shoe is displayed is centered around shoes beyond the functional and expresses the stories of shoes throughout the centuries.