World Footwear


Craft to America, Style to Britain

Nov 13, 2015 United Kingdom
Craft to America, Style to Britain
The University of Northampton is hosting an exhibition focusing on showing the influence the Ivy League has had on the Northamptonshire footwear industry
Curated by Tim Walker and Tom Shaw, with support from the British Footwear Association (BFA), the exhibition emphasises the links between the 20th Century style that emerged within the elite universities of the United States, traces that development and demonstrates how it has influenced the output of the British footwear industry.

Images from Graham Marsh's book, Hollywood and the Ivy Look, which includes Steve McQueen, Paul Newman and Anthony Perkins, display how the look was embraced by leading actors and studios. It also demonstrates the projection of this dress code throughout one of America's most defining periods of global cultural dominance.

The exhibition also brings the manufacturing process to life, with photo shoots and film from local production detaiingl the meticulous craft skills and continued investment required to create the highest standards of footwear in the world.

Jayne Bingham, Acting Dean of the School of The Arts, at the University of Northampton, commented: "We are delighted to host the British Footwear Association's Craft to America exhibition. The School of The Arts works closely with the BFA to support its initiatives and it provided excellent guidance to ensure our BA (Hons) Footwear and Accessories programme meets the needs of industry."

Craft to America curator Tim Walker, stated: "The work on show also highlights the influence of the Ivy League on the Northamptonshire footwear industry.  It was obvious to me to hold the first exhibition of its kind at the University as Northampton has some of the world's greatest footwear producers and as Fred Astaire once quoted: 'If you want to know if a fellow is well dressed, look down at this shoes'."

The Craft to America, Style to Britain exhibition is currently on display at the University of Northampton's Avenue Gallery until the 25th of November. Access is free of charge.

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