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The duplicate bridal shoes, designed and made by
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The duplicate bridal shoes, designed and made by Clive Shilton, fitted to and worn by Princess Diana, 1981, labelled to the insoles, of ivory satin, top-stitched with a lattice design and spangled with 542 individually hand knotted mother of pearl sequins,134 seed-pearl beads, the heart-shaped tabs piped in gold kidskin, applied with a shimmer of sequins and edged in pearl beads and Nottingham lace, the leather arches painted in gold leaf with the initials `C' and `D' with hearts and blossom, UK size 6 - 6 1/2, 24cm, 9 1/2in long; together with individual blue satin shoe pouches and a blue velvet bag, the draw-string with pleated satin lotus bloom ties; together with a group of associated ephemera comprising: a letter from Oliver Everett, Buckingham Palace dated 12th May, 1981 conveying Lady Diana Spencer's gratitude to Mr Shilton for making the shoes and warning him not to make any press announcements or to use his involvement with the bridal shoes as a vehicle for personal publicity; a photograph of Clive Shilton and his partner Julie Smith taken at the time of the commission; a letter dated February 2nd from Mrs Shand-Kydd asking Mr Shilton to justify his invoice for £621.25 for the shoes (in the event he was never paid);1981 press information relating to Clive Shilton and his team; a letter of authenticity signed by Clive Shilton, (qty) Clive Shilton states In 1981 " I was commissioned by Buckingham Palace to make the Royal wedding shoes for the then Lady Diana Spencer. This involved numerous visits and fittings. Because she was tall the shoes had to be flat and so I created special new elegant lasts which were made using measurements of Diana's feet. Fittings were required to check for the new topline and also the fit to her foot. We had to alter continuously as she continued to lose weight. Undecorated fitting samples were made but only two finished pairs of shoes were ever made - this pair and the pair now in the Althorp collection. They were not made of glass but they were real Cinderella slippers. H.R.H. Princess Diana wore both pairs for the final fitting and gave her approval. The two pairs of shoes are completely identical in every respect. We actually made two left and two right shoes and the choice of which to use was made after the final fitting. We made the extra shoes just in case there was a mishap either during the final decorating processes or a mishap on the eve or morning of the wedding and another pair had to be delivered to the Princess at short notice. The shoes have remained with me ever since." The request to make the shoes came initially from the Emanuels who asked Clive if he could visit them to meet a 'special client' who turned out to be Lady Diana Spencer, accompanied by her mother, Mrs Shand-Kydd. He remembers Diana at this time as "a young radiant bride-to-be glowing with excitement and blushing frequently." High heels were out of the question because of Diana's height in comparison to her fiancé HRH Prince Charles and so Clive created new pointed toe flat lasts especially for her which incorporated her measurements. He then made tiny fluted heels which complimented the elegant flowing line of the flat shoe - a revolutionary look for its time. Clive Shilton met with Diana about half a dozen times. He showed the initial sketches - putting forward four different tab designs including a diamond, oval, circle and a heart - which is the one she selected. He remembers that she was very adamant that it should be the heart. The two pairs of shoes took approximately four months to make with every person in the Shilton studio playing a part in the process - be it major or minor. The beautiful hand-gilded instep decoration was the final touch delicately and painstakingly perfected by Clive. The shoes were finished and delivered about a week before the wedding which took place on July 29th 1981. Clive remembers how Diana grew in poise in the months leading up to the wedding. At one of the last fittings, as she was about to leave the Emanuel's studio (which was by now surrounded by paparazzi and had a policeman permanently stationed outside the door), he recalls "Diana stood at the top of the stairs, took a deep breath, smiled broadly and said `Well let's hope I don't fall on my a***'!', before pushing her way through the thronging crowd amid a blaze of flash bulbs."
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