Norman Norell
/ Historical Periods
This selection of garments reference distant civilizations, such as ancient Egypt, and historical periods, such as the Middle Ages.

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Film director Cecil B. DeMille released Cleopatra in 1934, sparking a fad for all things Egyptian. Nearly three decades later, another film about Cleopatra was released, this time starring Elizabeth Taylor. David Evins designed Taylor’s elaborate shoes for the film, though they were rarely glimpsed beneath her long gowns.

David Evins
Elevated sandal, sample shoe for Cleopatra
Black patent leather, multicolor wood
1961, USA
The Museum at FIT, 89.164.149
Gift of David Evins