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The legacy of shoe designer David Evins Oct. 15

October 12, 2009
By Melinda Swenson

Hollywood and the world's most wealthy and powerful went to David Evins and commissioned him to design shoes for the special occasions in their lives (Grace Kelly had Evins design shoes for her wedding to Prince Rainier III of Monaco). This week at the Avenir Museum of Design and Merchandising's Third Thursday Lecture Series, Leslie Nottingham will discuss the legacy of David Evins who designed shoes for the likes of Judy Garland and Queen Elizabeth.

Thursday, Oct. 15, 7 p.m.
136 University Center of the Arts Annex 

Each third Thursday of the month, the Avenir Museum presents a lecture featuring the current exhibition or selected artifacts from the over 12,000 objects in the museum.

The museum is located in the University Center for the Arts at 1400 Remington in Room 115. The lecture will be held in the UCA Arts Annex, Room 136.

All lectures are free and open to the public
. No reservations are needed. 

Lecturer interviewed Evins' family

Leslie Nottingham, a graduate of the Corcoran College of Art and Design, was enrolled in a masters program at Corcoran that had/has a partnership with the Smithsonian Institution. She currently works at the Hillwood Museum and Garden in Washington D.C.

Nottingham wrote her master's thesis on David Evins. While doing her thesis work, she had access to and the support of Evins' family. 

Nottingham will give the Avenir's Third Thursday lecture titled, "Well-Heeled Life Styles: The Shoes of David Evins." She'll discuss Evins' legacy as a shoe designer who was recognized as a master of his craft and was a favorite with Hollywood movie stars including Elizabeth Taylor and Grace Kelly, as well as Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth. Nottingham's presentation will include a PowerPoint with images and a narrative about Evins' life and work.

Evins a genious at creating modish but comfortable styles

Evins had a 40-year career designing classic shoes that were a stylish as they were comfortable. Both the wealthy and the Who's Who of Hollywood clammered to engage him to design their shoes. He was hailed by his patrons as a genius.

In 1949, Evins was honored with a "Winnie," a womenswear award, from the Coty American Fashion Critics, the most prestigious award in the field of fashion.  

Size 6, please

Evins custom-designed shoes for several first ladies, including Nancy Reagan who ordered six pairs each year -- two styles in three sizes each to allow for different climates and altitudes: size 6 for cold places, 7 for Washington and 8 for Air Force One.

Sponsored by the Avenir Museum of Design and Merchandising.


Contact: Jannifer Clary
E-mail: jennifer.clary@colostate.edu
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