Girl's ballet pointe shoes


London College of Fashion

London College of Fashion

These girl’s ballet shoes were made by Gamba, a British ballet shoe brand which was founded in 1903. Gamba created ballet shoes for many famous ballerinas and ballet companies in the early 20thcentury. On this pair, which was made in the 1930s, there are some signs of wear to the shoes around the toe, on the edging and on the ribbon lacings. The shoes are made of silk, leather and cotton, and were constructed by gluing and with both hand and machine sewing.

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  • Title: Girl's ballet pointe shoes
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Fashion House: Gamba
  • Date Created: c.1930s
  • Location Created: Cordwainer College, London, United Kingdom
  • Provenance: This object is a part of the Cordwainer College Collection held in the London College of Fashion’s Archives. The collection contains over 600 items of footwear, all of which were collected as teaching and learning aids over the life time of the Cordwainers College. The Collection covers the period from c1670 to 1990s. It consists of Western male and female footwear, examples of non-Western footwear, juvenile and orthopaedic pieces, and includes prototype, prize and exhibition footwear, lasts and tools. A number of pieces are unfinished or cut to show technical details, or show alterations or repairs.
  • Type: Shoe
  • Photographer: Hanna Puskarz
  • Rights: LCF
  • Medium: Silk, leather and cotton
  • Collection: LCF archives
  • Bibliographic references: Cordwainer College Archives, LCF Archives


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