Vive La Maud

10/16/2008

It shocks me that with the recent 80s fashion frenzy, the designs of Maud Frizon have barely attained footnote status.

For the unfamiliar, Maud Frizon was the most celebrated of 80’s shoe designers. Forgotten as quickly as she rose to cordwainer fame, Frizon props are long overdue.

Maud Frizon (né Nadine in Paris in 1941) started designing shoes in 1960. Early in her career she worked as a model for Nina Ricci, Jean Patou, Dior, and was a particular favorite of André Courrèges. She launched her first shoe collection in 1970 and her extravagant, hand-cut and finished designs foreshadowed the eventual aesthetic of Manolo Blahnik. Her stunning soles were commissioned by Azzedine Alaia, Missoni, Thierry Mugler, Claude Montana, and Sonia Rykiel in the heyday of 80’s fashion.

These days it is almost impossible to come by the best of Frizon’s designs as true 80’s aficionados snap them up from vintage shops with lightning speed. Even ebay rarely has a decent assortment reflective of Frizon’s genius. From time to time you’ll find the errant Frizon handbag, which is always a great score.

Frizon. You heard it here first.

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