Designer Claire McCardell and the ballet flat
The checklist for upcoming MoMA exhibition Items: Is Fashion Modern? centers upon 111 items of fashion design, from high fashion to humble masterpieces. One of these items is the versatile and much-loved ballet flat. As part of our research into the shoe, we spoke with fashion historian Julie Eilber who was gracious enough to share her expertise, archive, and enthusiasm for the American designer Claire McCardell, who – along with legendary designer and Ukrainian émigrée Valentina Schlee – was one of the earliest fashion designers to see the potential of the ballet slipper as womenswear. Read the interview.