Shoe - Biba, Platform, Right, 1970s Reg. No: HT 11662
- Single, right platform shoe, 1970s, labelled 'Biba', made in Italy. Probably purchased by Paragon as a sample. Biba was established in London in 1964 by a former fashion illustrator, and by the early 1970s had become a large department store and a centre for high fashion.
Paragon Shoes Pty Ltd was one of the most significant 20th century Australian shoe retailers, and at one time was the largest manufacturer of high quality of women's shoes in Australia. Its factory was located in Melbourne, and its shoes were sold throughout Australia and New Zealand.
- Platform sandal with metallic silver/pink leather uppers with peep toe, tear-shaped cut-outs and sling back. Sole and heel covered with metallic purple leather. Synthetic upper; leather sole.
- Statement Of Significance:
- The Paragon Shoe Collection comprises over 90 objects, including pairs of shoes and single shoes, point-of-sale materials and promotional materials such as business cards and an umbrella bearing the company name. The Collection documents the business and products of Paragon Shoes Pty Ltd, one of the most significant 20th century Australian shoe retailers, and at one time the largest manufacturer of high quality of women?s shoes in Australia. Its factory was located in Melbourne, and its shoes were sold throughout Australia and New Zealand.
The collection was largely donated by a member of the Davison family, which ran the Paragon business for most of the 20th century. It documents the changing designs of Australian women's footwear, from the 1910s to the 1980s. It illustrates the development of new shoe styles, from sample shoes bought overseas to shoes that went into production and were worn by Australian women. The collection is complemented by an archive held at the State Library of Victoria, including company records, shoe design sketch books and further point-of-sale material.
- Acquisition Information:
- Donation from Mrs Diana Gaze, 2005
|Dimensions:||19.0 cm (Height), 7.5 cm (Width), 23.0 cm (Length)|
|Tagged with:||footwear industry, manufacturing, making history - paragon shoes|
|Themes this item is part of:||Paragon Shoe Collection, Clothing & Textiles Collection, Working Life & Trades Collection|
|Inscriptions:||Insole: "BIBA / MADE IN ITALY"
On underside of sole: "L13" written in red biro (hard to see)
|Maker:||Biba International Limited, 1970s
Biba was established in 1964.
|User:||Paragon Shoes, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1970s
Probably purchased by Paragon as a sample used in the development of locally manufactured designs.
Howard, G., 2004. Lex Davison: Larger Than Life'. Turton & Armstrong, Sydney.
Copies of several newspaper articles about Paragon from the early 1920s were included with the donation.
The State Library of Victoria holds an archive relating to the Paragon business, containing receipt books, account books, advertising, clippings, sample book, sketches, photographs and a poster - MS 13570. The content dates range circa 1928-1988. An additional archive, PA 01/05, ranges 1940s-1980s.