This book is far more than just a photography catalog, in the sense that it depicts, both in pictures and biographical text, the life and work of Mabel Julianelli, starting as a pattern designer in Brooklyn, NY. Beginning with her student years studying commercial art at Pratt Institute in the 1920s, and spanning her 40-plus year career, Mabel Julianelli, with her husband and partner Charles Julianelli, is credited with many constructional, interpretative, and fashion firsts. Her 1950 Coty Award-winning naked evening sandal, which had versions into the 1960s and 1970, is vital today due to the resurgence of ballroom dancing (i.e. 'Dancing With The Stars'): a style Mabel Julianelli first designed at a time when nobody wore sandals as evening wear.
Mabel Julianelli's 1940s wedge sandal patent was referenced by Nike, Inc. in the 1990s and her shoe designs and ornaments were referenced by Jimmy Choo Ltd. in 2004-2006, among others. Mabel Julianelli's forte was the wearable, comfortable construction of shoes so it is no wonder that today's shoe companies have referenced her 1940s patents.
Walk this Way: Footwear from the Stuart Wietzman Collection of Historic Shoes, showcases examples from the designer’s own private collection. The New-York Historical Society exhibition highlights the story of the shoe from the perspectives of collection, consumption, presentation, and production, focusing on the industrialization to the rise of consumer culture, and women’s contributions as makers, designers, and entrepreneurs. On view April 20 – Oct 08, 2018