Woman's shoes

Fall 2006


Height x width: 19.1 x 25.4 cm (7 1/2 x 10 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Patent leather, brass, leather, and wood

Not On View


Contemporary Art, Europe, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Pair of woman’s platform wedges with red patent leather “Mary Jane” uppers and ornate “rococo” gilt wood carved heels. Labeled: “Miu Miu”

In March 2006 the Prada company decided to show its Miu Miu collection at the Paris restaurant Lapérouse to signal the fact that this “secondary” line had developed its own identity, apart from the higher-priced Prada line. The Miu Miu collection took inspiration from the restaurant’s baroque interior, infamous (and famous) as a place of assignation for men and their mistresses. Models strolled through the restaurant’s fourteen rooms wearing wedges like these, with carved and gilt heels that recall the elaborate paneling often found in eighteenth-century French buildings. With their gilt-wood heels and edgy red patent-leather uppers, these shoes are a witty combination of eighteenth-century and modern-day eroticism.

Gift of Prada USA, 2007 2007.574.1-2


Gift of Prada USA from the Fall 2006 collection; Gift to MFA (Accession Date June 27, 2007)

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Gift of Prada USA


The image of the work here represented is exclusively owned by PRADA S.A., owner of the Miu Miu trademark and designs, and will remain the exclusive property of PRADA S.A. The mentioned exclusive rights of PRADA S.A. in the Miu Miu trademark and design are subject to protection.