Salvatore Ferragamo: Famous feet of Hollywood
Born in 1898 in Bonito, a small village in southern Italy, Salvatore emigrated in 1914 to the United States, and thanks to his tenacity, ability and his capacity for taking risks, he became rich and famous in Hollywood, making shoes for the historical films of the time and 'fashionable' models for the stars of the American cinema. His creations soon became famous in every corner of the United States, and Salvatore won the name of 'shoemaker to the stars'.
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“The size of your feet, too, tells me about your character. I have divided the women who have come to me into three categories: the Cinderella, the Venus and the Aristocrat. [...] Venus is usually of great beauty, glamour, and sophistication, yet under her glittering exterior she is often essentially a home body loving the simple things of life. Because these two characteristics are mutually contradictory the Venus is often misunderstood. People accuse her of too much luxury loving and frivolity.”
"Make them laugh, make them cry, and hack to laughter. What do people go to the theatre for? An emotional exercise. I am a servant of the people. I have never forgotten that."
Sandal with upper in ivory needle point lace, called “Tavarnelle”, in geometric design. “Butterfly wing” shaped vamp. Sling back. High heel in wood and insole edge both covered with ivory kid. Beige kid sock. Leather sole.
Measurements: l. 22.5 cm; heel 9 cm.
"Be yourself. The world worships the original".
"Glamour is what I sell, it's my stock in trade".
"Elegance is the only beauty that never fades."
"Audrey Hepburn's long, slim foot is in perfect proportion to her height. She is a true artist and a true aristocrat. Audrey is always natural and completely unaffected, whether she is acting or buying shoes or handbags. She can talk intelligently and knowledgeably on philosophy, art, astronomy, and the theatre"
"The beauty of a woman is not in a facial mode but the true beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It is the caring that she lovingly gives the passion that she shows. The beauty of a woman grows with the passing years".
"Give a girl the right shoes, and she can conquer the world."
"Love has nothing to do with what you are expecting to get - only with what you are expecting to give - which is everything."
"A woman’s dress should be a like a barbed-wire fence: serving its purpose without obstructing the view."
"Please don't retouch my wrinkles. It took me so long to earn them."
"Whatever you do in life, don't give up on your own dreams."
"Everyone is like a butterfly, they start out ugly and awkward and then morph into beautiful graceful butterflies that everyone loves."
Shoe for Drew Barrymore by Salvatore FerragamoMuseo Salvatore Ferragamo