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Exhibition

Shoes – Tradition and Fashion
Women’s Footwear in the 19th and the Beginning of the 20th Century from the Collection of the Museum of Applied Art in Belgrade

6 October – 6 November 2014
The Museum in Prijepolje

Opening ceremony: Monday, 6 October 2014 at 7 pm

Curator of the exhibition: Draginja Maskareli, senior curator at the Museum of Applied Art, Belgrade

Organized by the Museum of Applied Art, Belgrade and the Museum in Prijepolje

The Museum of Applied Art in Belgrade houses a collection of women’s footwear dating from the first half of the 19th century to the present day. The first footwear items entered the museum, following the establishment in 1951, with a collection of painter and engraver Ljuba Ivanović. The collection of 3,116 items, collected mainly during the period between the two world wars, witnesses the material culture in the Balkans from the Middle Ages to the early decades of the 20th century.

The collection of Ljuba Ivanović contained only traditional types of footwear worn as part of the urban dress during the 19th century: slippers – terluci (MAA Inv. No. 5456), mestve (a kind of indoor boots, MAA Inv. No. 5454 and 5455) and bath clogs (MAA Inv. No. 2214 and 5594). Slippers – terluci, made of red goatskin in the 19th century, as well as a pair of mestve, made of yellow goatskin in the same period (MAA Inv. No. 5454), were acquired by Ljuba Ivanović during his fieldwork in Prijepolje.

The first items of European fashion footwear were purchased for the museum’s collection in 1957: walking boots from 1914–1917 (MAA Inv. No. 1993) and evening satin shoes from c. 1927 (MAA Inv. No. 1992).

The largest part of the collection, about 100 pairs of women's footwear, was shown in 2013 at the museum exhibition Ah, Those Shoes!. The museum also participates as one of 22 partners in the international project Europeana Fashion. Within this project, the collection of women's footwear of the Museum of Applied Art is available on the portal Europeana Fashion, along with 700,000 fashion-related digital objects from the funds of leading private and public museums, archives and collections from twelve European countries.

The exhibition at the Museum in Prijepolje, Shoes – Tradition and Fashion, shows 22 items of women's footwear from the 19th and early 20th century housed in the collection of the Museum of Applied Art and a pair of mestve with kaloše (a kind of overshoes) from the collection of the Museum in Prijepolje.The footwear was worn mostly in Serbia and the region, so it traces the process of transformation undergone by the dress of the Serbian bourgeois class during the 19th century on its way from traditional Oriental dress towards European fashion.

Selection of Works
Shoes; Western or Central Europe, 1830–1840; MAA Inv. No. 16118
Slippers – terluci; Ottoman Empire / Austria-Hungary, Bosnia or Sandžak, 19th century; MAA Inv. No. 23913
Boots; Russia, Kazan, late 19th – early 20th century; MAA Inv. No. 5458
Boots; Austria-Hungary, Zemun, 1914–1917; MAA Inv. No. 1993
Shoes; Western or Central Europe, c. 1910; MAA Inv. No. 22867
Shoes; Austria-Hungary, Vienna, H. Bauer, 1914; MAA Inv. No. 5224
Shoes; Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes / Yugoslavia, Skopje, 1925–1930; prison workshop, MAA Inv. No. 18659

Curator of the exhibition: Draginja Maskareli, senior curator at the Museum of Applied Art, Belgrade

Organized by the Museum of Applied Art, Belgrade and the Museum in Prijepolje