Women from the Ankle Down The Story of Shoes and How They Define Us

ISBN-10: 0061969680
ISBN-13: 9780061969683
Edition: 2013
Author(s): Rachelle Bergstein
Description: “If style defines the woman, and shoes a woman’s style, then ooh la la, here’s the definitive history and guide—everything from Chinese bound feet to Ferragamo, from Hollywood favorites to running up one’s credit card on the sine qua non of  More...
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Copyright Year: 2013
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication Date: 6/4/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.484

“If style defines the woman, and shoes a woman’s style, then ooh la la, here’s the definitive history and guide—everything from Chinese bound feet to Ferragamo, from Hollywood favorites to running up one’s credit card on the sine qua non of fashion.” —Mireille Guiliano, author of French Women Don’t Get FatRachelle Bergstein brings readers along on a unique and delightful romp through the history of shoes, the women who wear them, and the profound impact they have on our lives. Women from the Ankle Down includes interviews and cameos with influential figures ranging from Lisa Mayock of Vena Cava to Oscar-winning costume designer Patrizia van Brandenstein, from Doc Martens historian Martin Roach to FIT museum director Valerie Steele; from Marilyn Monroe and Jane Fonda to Salvador Ferragamo and Christian Dior; from Judy Garland to Wonder Woman.

Rachelle Bergstein graduated in 2003 from Vassar College. She works as an editorial consultant for a literary agency in New York City. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, her cat, and her shoes. Women from the Ankle Down  is her first book. You can follow her on Twitter @RaBergstein.

Preface
Ferragamo and the Wartime Wedge (1900-1938)
MGM, the Great Depression, and Pulling Yourself Up by Your Ruby Slippers (1936-1939)
Back to the Drawing Board (1937-1943)
The Femme Fatale and the Original Power Pump (1944-1948)
The Stiletto (1950-1954)
The Feminine Balancing Act (1953-1959)
Flats, or Some Like It Not (1957-1959)
From Dolly Birds to Birkenstocks (1961-1966)
These Boots Are Made for the Valkyrie (1965-1969)
Props, Platforms, and Porno (1970-1974)
The Lord of the Gender-Bending Dance (1977-1979)
Manolo, Molloy, and the New Power Shoes (1975-1982)
The Workout Is Not a Spectator Sport (1982-1988)
The Cool Kid Trinity Vans, Chuck Taylors, and Doc Martens (1982-1994)
Girl Power and Mary Janes (1994-1999)
Shoes and the Single Girl (1998-2008)
The Search for Ruby Slippers (2000-present)
Authors Note
Acknowledgments
Notes
List of Illustrations
Index

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