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                               from  my George Barbier series. This pair of shoes is designed to go with the dress in his illustration for ‘Costumes Parisiens’ - ‘A damask dress with black taffeta and lace’. The mode of these shoes is very Rococo, a style of art and ornament associated with the excesses of French High Society and Louis XV reign.  During this time trimmings on clothes and shoes were elaborate and costly using all manner of lace, ribbon and flowers. The shoes have the Louis heel, spayed at the base and waisted and have black rosettes with a mother of pearl finish on the toes. Beads of platinum edge the gently curving lines of dark beaded braid and the shoes are decorated with impressed patterns of flowers and hearts which were themes from this era.  These shoes are designed to be hung with ribbon within a frame on the wall.