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Behind the Scenes in Conservation: Women’s Shoes from the 1950s

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In textile conservation, 22 pairs of women’s shoes from the 1950s are being prepared for an appearance in the galleries! These printed pumps are undergoing some light humidification from the ultrasonic humidifier to help “plump” and reshape the large roses on each toe. The ultrasonic humidifier produces steam without heat, so we can use the power or moisture without the risks associated with heat.  Look for the shoes on display next month in Gallery 213 and learn more about the upcoming special feature

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Saks Fifth Avenue (est. 1867), designer, Fenton Footwear (est. 1924), manufacturer, United States, Evening Pumps, 1956-59, rayon, leather,  Gift of Mrs. Albert Halverstadt, 1973.645a-b