Yantorny was one of, if not the, most exclusive and expensive shoemakers in Paris during the early twentieth century. Working at 26 Place Vendôme from a private atelier, which he opened in 1908, he crafted handmade custom-fitted shoes for an elite clientele, whose ranks were limited by his exorbitant prices. More than two dozen pairs of Lydig's Yantorny shoes are extant, but she is thought to have owned several hundred. She most likely supplied the lace covering these shoes. Yantorny applied identical motifs to each shoe in precisely the same pattern, which would have required cutting out the pieces from a significantly larger piece of lace.


  • Title: Evening shoes
  • Creator: Pierre Yantorny
  • Fashion House: Yantorny
  • Type: shoes
  • External Link: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Collection Online
  • Medium: silk, metal, jet
  • Date Created: 1914–19, 1914/1919
  • Culture: French
  • Credit Line: Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Mercedes de Acosta, 1953
  • Creator Death Date: 1936
  • Creator Birth Date: 1874
  • Accession Number: 2009.300.1178a, b

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