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Shoes - Paragon, Pierre Fontaine, 'Chaussures' Court, Red, 1990 Object Reg. No: HT 11667

Summary:
Pair of court shoes with uppers of red textured leather, and black patent heel and pointed toe. 'Chaussures' brand, part of the Pierre Fontaine range, made in 1990 by Paragon. With matching clutch bag HT 11689.

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.

As fashions changed and new market sectors were pursued, Paragon created new labels for its products. Pierre Fontaine was established in the early 1960s as a cheaper shoe.
Description:
Court shoes with narrow, black patent heel and pointed toe; low cut sides to uppers. Uppers of red textured leather - "Zebratto".
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
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 14.0 cm (Height), 8.5 cm (Width), 22.0 cm (Length)

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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
Primary Classification: CLOTHING
Secondary Classification: Female
Tertiary Classification: footwear
Inscriptions: Insole: "CHAUSSURES / PIERRRE FONTAINE"
Manufacturer: Paragon Shoes, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Date Made: 1990
References: 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.

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