FIT Presents Delman Retrospective

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Delman Shoe, circa 1958. Photograph by Eileen Costa

New York—Celebrating Delman’s 90th year in business, The Museum at F.I.T. presents “Scandal Sandals & Lady Slippers: A History of Delman Shoes.” Footwear on display—dating from 1926 to 2007—chronicles Delman’s creative past and close relationship with movie stars and society women. Delman’s “scandal sandal,” which laced provocatively up the calf, was designed for dancer Irene Castle. Other Delman fans included Mamie Eisenhower, Jacqueline Kennedy, Joan Crawford, Marilyn Monroe, and Marlene Dietrich. Company founder Herman Delman used this celebrity cachet to add an aura to the brand.

Despite the “scandal sandal,” Delman shoes generally focused on more refined silhouettes. Delman continues to design sumptuous shoes for the discerning “lady,” often combining current trends with past designs. Scandal Sandals juxtaposes complementary pairs of shoes to emphasize this relationship between historic and contemporary styles.

The exhibition was organized and curated by FIT graduate students of the Fashion and Textile Studies: History, Theory, Museum Practice Program. FITnyc.edu/museum. (212) 217-4558;

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