Catherine - S/S18 / by Min Heo

    Introducing Catherine - our signature pumps for S/S18 Gisaengs collection.

 
 CATHERINE - Pleiades S/S18 Signature Pumps

CATHERINE - Pleiades S/S18 Signature Pumps


    Catherine is named after Catherine Deneuve, the symbol of elegant sensuality and loveliness !

 

Imagine her dreamy big eyes and her blonde hair tied up with a huge bow -

Do you think our Catherine deserves the name ? ( YES ! )

 

With our signature toe shape and top line,

Catherine is an 8cm mid-heel pumps with distinctive quilting and lacing details at the front.

 
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 Catherine Deneuve, the muse for our Catherine along with early 20C Gisaeng girls

Catherine Deneuve, the muse for our Catherine along with early 20C Gisaeng girls

 
  This is how Catherine was first designed ♥︎

This is how Catherine was first designed ♥︎

 
 The first CATHERINE - from graduation collection.

The first CATHERINE - from graduation collection.

 The first CATHERINE - lovely bows :)

The first CATHERINE - lovely bows :)

 

    Like all other shoes from our collection,

Catherine assures you all-day comfort despite its lovely look,

because they are crafted so carefully !

 

High quality insoles with enough cushions,

relaxed toe shape and good balance takes care of your feet.

The top line band should take some time to be adjusted to your feet,

but they do stretch to your foot shape.

If you are worried, we advise you to go 1 size bigger than your usual choice.

 

Catherine represents the quirky, vintage loveliness of our S/S18 collection.

I would wear them for any occasions - to work, to concerts, to parties etc.

to add a special finish to my entire look !

 

    The idea of Catherine come from Gisaengs in Korean Empire

- when the conservative Confucian country started open up the door for Western culture.

While the costumes, architecture and popular culture were still preserving the traditional format,

Western influences were evident.

The way rooms were decorated, and how people dressed were very particular,

the distinctive characteristics of this era only lasted during this short period in history.

 
      A gisaeng girl wearing Western coat, gloves, and a fur scarf holding a little clutch.

    A gisaeng girl wearing Western coat, gloves, and a fur scarf holding a little clutch.

 
  Gisaeng girls painting orchids and writing poetries.

Gisaeng girls painting orchids and writing poetries.

 
      A gisaeng girl posing. The new hair style, tiny top and the pair of gloves represent the trend of the era.

    A gisaeng girl posing. The new hair style, tiny top and the pair of gloves represent the trend of the era.

 
      A gisaeng girl ready for a night out. The fastening of the top is Westernised - from tying up to buttons. The sun umbrella was a symbol of gisaengs back then.

    A gisaeng girl ready for a night out.
The fastening of the top is Westernised - from tying up to buttons. The sun umbrella was a symbol of gisaengs back then.

 

    In order to create Catherine, a thorough research was done for vintage European lingerie.

The concept was to describe a Gisaeng girl

'who was given a beautiful brasserie and a corset as a gift from a man - probably from Europe or just returned from a trip across the oceans'.

Lacing details, ribbons, tapings and cutting of patterns were done to reflect such ideas.

 
   TANGO CORSET   - Cotton, Silk satin ribbon, Machine lace, Metal circumference / ca. 1914 France, for  Debenham & Freebody , London (V&A:T.64-1966) * Size  - waist: 67cm / hip: 88cm / Length front: 25cm / back: 33cm  Worn and given by Heather Firbank

TANGO CORSET - Cotton, Silk satin ribbon, Machine lace, Metal circumference / ca. 1914 France, for Debenham & Freebody, London (V&A:T.64-1966)
*Size - waist: 67cm / hip: 88cm / Length front: 25cm / back: 33cm
Worn and given by Heather Firbank

 
   COLETTE GIRDLE   - Elastic net and nylon, Satin elastic back panel, with Machine nylon lace and Cotton velvet / 1957-9 Britain (Leicestershire),  R. & W.H. Symington & Co. Ltd , under license from  Chistian Dior,  Paris (V&A:T. 140-2000) * Size - Underbust: 71cm / Waist: 67cm / Hip: 91cm / Length front: 46cm / Back: 50cm  Given by Caroline Wren

COLETTE GIRDLE - Elastic net and nylon, Satin elastic back panel, with Machine nylon lace and Cotton velvet / 1957-9 Britain (Leicestershire), R. & W.H. Symington & Co. Ltd, under license from Chistian Dior, Paris (V&A:T. 140-2000)
*Size- Underbust: 71cm / Waist: 67cm / Hip: 91cm / Length front: 46cm / Back: 50cm
Given by Caroline Wren

 
   CORSET   - Floral brocaded silk, Silk ribbon, Elastic / ca.1905, England. (Jill Fields,  "Fighting the Corsetless Evil: Shaping Corset and Culture, 1900-1930" , Journal of Social History 3, Winter 1999: 355)    CHEMISE   - White Cotton, Silk ribbon / ca. 1905, USA. ( "Dainty Lingerie",  Pictorial Review, February 1900: 11)

CORSET - Floral brocaded silk, Silk ribbon, Elastic / ca.1905, England. (Jill Fields, "Fighting the Corsetless Evil: Shaping Corset and Culture, 1900-1930", Journal of Social History 3, Winter 1999: 355)

CHEMISE - White Cotton, Silk ribbon / ca. 1905, USA. ("Dainty Lingerie", Pictorial Review, February 1900: 11)

 
      A page from the sketchbook, 'Oriental Sensuality (2016)'.

    A page from the sketchbook, 'Oriental Sensuality (2016)'.

 

    Now meet Catherine, the lady-like, sophisticated lady with a vintage touch.

 
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