from my Klimt series, a range inspired by Gustav Klimt's (1862-1918) portraits of elegantly dressed Austrian society women. Amongst these creations, this pair is inspired by Elisabeth Bachofen-Echt, painted in 1916. Elisabeth, daughter of August and Serena Lederer, stands as one of Klimt's most significant patrons. In this portrait, she wears an elaborate white flowered dress, while Klimt draws influence from Japanese art, much like Monet and van Gogh, infusing the background with avian, animal, and figurative motifs.
These shoes echo the ethereal nature of Elisabeth's attire. The creamy background is adorned with subtle impressed flower patterning, creating a delicate contrast to the oriental motifs in rich enamel decals gracefully embellishing the toe and sides of the shoes, paying homage to Klimt's influence from Japanese art. A deep velvety red bow adorns the front, while platinum beads delicately grace the top edge, imparting a sense of refined luxury.
The shape of these exquisite shoes takes inspiration from the renowned Italian shoemaker Pietro Yantorny (1874-1936), celebrated as the "most expensive shoemaker in the world." Yantorny crafted footwear exclusively for the most affluent women, and it is his legacy that permeates these shoes with an air of exclusivity and opulence.