The Visual Explanation of The Ladies’ Dress Shoes in the Nineteenth Century
The evolution of clothing manufacturing is a fascinating journey that intertwines with the advent of factory sewing machines and the emergence of a middle class, eager to acquire and flaunt an ever-changing wardrobe.
This digital presentation, which will continue to expand, offers a glimpse into the daily operations and design inspirations of one of the few manufacturing sectors that still flourish in New York City, drawing from two complementary library divisions.
The images featured here are from “Ladies’ Dress Shoes of the Nineteenth Century,” a publication by Captain Thomas Watson Greig housed in the Research Library at the National Museum of Scotland. Interestingly, this publication dates back to 1900, indicating that our fascination with fancy footwear is not a recent phenomenon but has been a significant part of our culture for quite some time.