To coincide with the recent 80th anniversary of Ferragamo, the Shanghai Museum of Contemporary Art mounted an ambitious commemorative exhibition. The gorgeous accompanying catalog, SALVATORE FERRAGAMO: Evolving Legend 1928 -2008 (Skira Editore, 2008), features fascinating archival photos, sketches, and drawings, exploring company founder Salvatore Ferragamo's design process - which melded painstaking construction techniques, comfort, and wildly creative design. Most of the Hollywood glitterati of the day were fans, including Marilyn Monroe, Greta Garbo, Ava Gardner, Rita Hayworth, Audrey Hepburn, and Marlene Dietrich.
The catalogue also includes contributions from the exhibition co-curator and director of Florence's Museo Salvatore Ferragamo, Stefania Ricci, Samuel Kung (chairman and director of MoCA Shanghai), and Wanda Ferragamo, Honorary Chairman of the company and the wife of the late Salvatore.
- Lesley Scott
(IMAGES copyright Museo Salvatore Ferragamo; top - the "Vara", created in 1978 and remade every year in different colors and materials; Salvatore Ferragamo with his shoemakers in 1955; sandal at left from 1938 made with black satin upper and a wedge platform and heel made from 4 convex layers of cork covered with alternate gilt and silver calf; sandal at right made for Judy Garland in 1938 with kid upper and platform sole & heel with layers of cork lined with different colored suede)