evening shoes (shoe)

Costume and Textiles


Established in 1885, Henry and Mary Rayne’s theatrical costumiers grew to become a high-end fashion business. They were appointed shoemakers to Queen Mary in 1936.

Studded heels were fashionable for dancing towards the end of the 1920s. Manufacturers kicked off the craze for jewelled coloured heels set with paste stones in 1925. Cuban heels, the smartest style for dancing, reached 5.5 cm.

This object is on display at RAMM in the Making History gallery.

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