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“I have divided the women who have come to me into three categories: the Cinderella, the Venus, and the Aristocrat. The Cinderella takes a shoe smaller than size six, the Venus takes size six, the Aristocrat a seven or larger”. (Shoemaker of Dreams. The Autobiography of Salvatore Ferragamo, London 1957, Italian edition 1971).
Salvatore Ferragamo’s career and success are a perfect example of the ties between fashion and film from 1920 on.

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Cinema

When Salvatore Ferragamo moved to California, bringing with him his passion for shoes and exceptional craftsmanship, his first real work experience was with the movie industry.
Since that distant time, the brand’s relationship with the film world has been ongoing and has continued to inspire Salvatore Ferragamo’s creativity and shape the company’s image.
In the Fifties, Palazzo Spini Feroni was already a must for celebrity actresses visiting Italy, such as Audrey Hepburn, Ava Gardner, Greta Garbo, Anna Magnani, Paulette Goddard, Lauren Bacall and Sophia Loren.
Film stars are still loyal to the Ferragamo name today.
The company continues its practice of partnering with major film productions, both by supplying accessories and actively collaborating in the film and working in close contact with costume designers. This was the case in 1996 for Alan Parker’s Evita, starring Madonna, in 1998 for Andy Tennant’s Ever After - A Cinderella Story, starring Drew Barrymore, Anjelica Huston and Jeanne Moreau, in 2008 for Baz Luhrmann’s Australia, starring Nicole Kidman, and in 2013 for Ron Howard’s Rush, with Daniel Brühl and Chris Hemsworth.

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Marilyn Monroe,
one of the century’s most celebrated
sex symbols and one of
Ferragamo’s most famous clients.
Allan Grant/LIFE © July 1963.

Pump with upper entirely
covered in rhinestones
worn by Marilyn Monroe, 1960.

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Wooden lasts
of famous feet.
Photograph by David Lees.

The official announcement of the opening
of the Hollywood Boot Shop
from the 20 April 1923 issue of
“Holly Leaves”.


Douglas Fairbanks Sr.
in The Thief of Bagdad,
directed by Raoul Walsh
in 1924.

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Evita. Suede sandal.
This sandal was made
for Madonna
for her role in Alan Parker’s Evita in 1996.

Madonna
as Eva Perόn
in Alan Parker’s Evita, 1996.

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Crafting of the Cinderella slipper
worn by Drew Barrymore in the 1998 film
Ever After - A Cinderella Story,
directed by Andy Tennant.

Alexandra Maria
Lara in Ron Howard’s Rush in 2013.
She is wearing
Ferragamo clothing and accessories.

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Ingrid Bergman and George Sanders
in Journey to Italy,
directed by Roberto Rossellini in 1953.

Brown suede ballet shoe
created for Ingrid Bergman
in 1961.

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Lana Turner
in The Postman Always Rings Twice
directed by Tay Garnett in 1946.

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Bright blue suede sandal.
This shoe was created for Lana Turner
in 1939 and remade for Tay Garnett’s film
The Postman Always Rings Twice
in 1946.

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Nicole Kidman
in Australia
directed by Baz Luhrmann in 2008.

White and blue calfskin pump
and calfskin lace-up boot.
These styles were created in 2006 for Nicole Kidman in Baz Luhrmann’s film Australia.

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