Shoes – Tradition and Fashion: Women’s Footwear in the 19th and the Beginning of the 20th Century from the Collection of the Museum of Applied Art in Belgrade
Homeland Museum Petrovac na Mlavi
Opening ceremony: Thursday, 3 May 2018 at 8 PM
Curator of the exhibition: Draginja Maskareli, senior curator at the Museum of Applied Art, Belgrade
Organized by the Homeland Museum Petrovac na Mlavi and the Museum of Applied Art, Belgrade
The collection of Ljuba Ivanović contained only traditional types of footwear worn as part of the urban dress during the 19th century: slippers – terluci, mestve (a kind of indoor boots) and bath clogs. The first items of European fashion footwear were purchased for the museum’s collection in 1957: walking boots from 1914–1917 and evening satin shoes from c. 1927.
The largest part of the collection, about 100 pairs of women’s footwear, was shown in 2013 at the Museum exhibition Ah, Those Shoes!. The museum also participated as a partner in the international fashion heritage digitization project Europeana Fashion (2012–2015). Within this project, the collection of digitized women’s footwear of the Museum of Applied Art is available on the portal Europeana Fashion (www.europeanafashion.eu), along with over 700,000 fashion-related digital objects from the funds of leading European private and public museums, archives, and collections.
The exhibition Shoes – Tradition and Fashion showcases 25 items, mostly women’s footwear from the 19th and early 20th century from the collection of the Museum of Applied Art. The footwear was worn mostly in Serbia and the region, so it traces the process of transformation undergone by the dress of the Serbian bourgeois class during the 19th century on its way from traditional Ottoman-influenced dress towards European fashion.