THE STAR & THE SHOEMAKER
In 1927 a twenty-9-year-previous Italian shoemaker known as Salvatore Ferragamo met a Swedish lady known as Greta Louvisa Gustafson and a friendship began. The Swedish lady was higher identified, after all, as Greta Garbo or “The Face”. On that occasion Ferragamo designed a pair of shoes for her and she did not neglect him.
Ferragamo, born in Bonito, Avellino [Campania] in 1898, had left Italy for the USA on the age of sixteen. In America he first set up a shoe restore shop but was soon making made-to-measure shoes which have been coveted by the rich and famous. Ferragamo earned the title of “shoemaker to the stars” and returned to Italy later in 1927.
In 1949 Garbo visited Ferragamo’s store in Florence and informed him that she “wanted to walk”. She had come to the best individual, for in America Ferragamo had studied anatomy in order that he could make certain that his sneakers wouldn’t hurt their wearers. After 5 sittings he designed a collection of beautiful, low-heeled sneakers for Garbo, together with a pair of red calfskin sandals which she adored. The actress purchased seventy pairs of Ferragamo’s shoes throughout this go to.
In 2008 Garbo’s great-nephew, Craig Reisfield, visited the Ferragamo Museum in Florence and instructed the Director, Stefania Ricci, about clothes and equipment of Garbo’s that were in his possession. Thus the thought for an exhibition was born.
“Greta Garbo – Il mistero dello stile” runs till 4th April at the Triennale, Milan. The exhibition tells the story of Garbo’s relationship with vogue and guests will be able to see costumes from a few of her films in addition to a few of her signature raincoats, hats, trousers and gloves in a piece referred to as “Everyday Elegance”.
Tailor-made jackets designed for Garbo by the Russian-born Valentina, who lived in the same condo block during the actress’s retirement years, are also on show. The general impression is that of a girl tangeri ferragamo shoes who, maybe ahead of her time, dressed for herself, however elegantly. The exhibition consists of film clips and a piece dedicated to images of Garbo’s face.
The Ferragamo autumn-winter collection for 2010 – eleven contains clothes impressed by actresses of Garbo’s era and Garbo-type sneakers.
“Garbo – Il mistero dello stile” is on the Triennale, Milan till 4th April. Admission is free.