Monday, December 21, 2015

Mae West: Salvatore Ferragamo

MAE WEST had a lasting effect on a famous southern Italian designer, explained an Associated Press style correspondent.  Let's hear more about this, shall we?
• • "Marilyn Monroe, Judy Garland and Mae West Inspired Ferragamo’s Latest Collection" • • • • Colleen Barry wrote: When Marilyn Monroe ordered pumps from Salvatore Ferragamo in the 1940s, she had a special request, the shoemaker’s grandson revealed. One heel was slightly higher than the other, enhancing her famed wiggle.
• • Colleen Barry explained: A new capsule collection for Salvatore Ferragamo by the luxury Colombian shoe designer Edgardo Osorio reaches back into the company archives to revisit Hollywood’s Golden era, when the young shoemaker from southern Italy built his business by making shoes for films and then winning over actors and actresses as customers to his Hollywood Boot Shop.
• • Colleen Barry noted: Ferragamo quickly became known as “shoemaker to the stars,” pioneering the powerful link between fashion and the booming film industry.
• • Colleen Barry added: Those customers included Judy Garland, Mae West and Monroe, said Ferragamo’s grandson James, the brand’s accessory product director.  . . .
• • Source: Article written by Colleen Barry and syndicated by Associated Press; published on Monday, 14 December 2015.
• • On Sunday, 21 December 1969 • •
• • "Too Much of a Good Thing Can Be Wonderful" ran the headline of a lengthy piece on Mae West in the L.A. Times's Sunday magazine section called West.  It was published on 21 December 1969 and quoted her tips on staying youthful and living a happy life.
• • On Wednesday, 21 December 1994 in London • •
• • Christie's held a "Film and Entertainment" mid-week auction in London on Wednesday, 21 December 1994.
• • Among the rare items were five photos of Mae West as part of "Lot Description: Film Stars."
• • Overheard in Hollywood • •
• • Mae West had failed to report for the first rehearsal of "The Chase and Sanborn Hour" on the evening of Friday, 10 December.
• • In Her Own Words • •
• • Mae West said:   "Everything I do and say is based on rhythm."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • An Australian Programme Guide mentioned Mae West.  However, the broadcast was scrapped. Good taste prevailed in 1935, thank goodness.
• • No. 2. "Mae West Meets Adolf Hitler." 7.0: From Perth National Studio  . . .
• • Source: Item in The West Australian; published on Saturday, 21 December 1935
• • The Mae West Blog celebrates its 11th anniversary • •    
• • Thank you for reading, sending questions, and posting comments during these past eleven years. The other day we entertained 3,497 visitors. And we reached a milestone recently when we completed 3,300 blog posts. Wow! 
• • By the Numbers • • 
• • The Mae West Blog was started ten years ago in July 2004. You are reading the 3337th blog post. Unlike many blogs, which draw upon reprinted content from a newspaper or a magazine and/ or summaries, links, or photos, the mainstay of this blog is its fresh material focused on the life and career of Mae West, herself an American original.

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  1. Anonymous12:37 AM

    Hi I would like to read a bio of Mae West there are a few I am fascinated by aspects of her life after the first films, what she did with herself, her albums, etc., not so much her films. The Louvish book sounded not for me, can you perhaps write on here what you think is best? Thank you.

    1. The two best Mae West biographies are:
      • • "Becoming Mae West" - Emily Wortis Leider
      • • "Mae West in Black and White" - Jill Watts
      Thank you for your visit and Happy Holidays!