DALLAS, Dec 2, 2008 / FW/ — An epic film by its native son Baz Lurhmann, with the costume design by Academy Award winner costume designer Catherine Martin, the movie Australia stars Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman. Playing a supporting role is Salvatore Ferragamo with its exceptional collection of beautiful, original shoes especially created for the movie.
Drawing from period references and originals from the Salvatore Ferragamo archive, the design team under the direction of Women’s Accessories Director James Ferragamo, created a wardrobe rich in historical content and detail, worthy of the House’s tradition of Hollywood “Shoemaker to the Stars”.
Designing one-of-a-kind shoes for Nicole Kidman’s character, Lady Sarah Ashley, the Ferragamo design studio reference many shoes from the archives, including some worn by aristocrats during the 1930s and 1940s, women who are similar to the character Lady Sarah Ashley.
The color palette and design details, while created to help realize the filmmakers’ fantastical vision, were also authentic to the designer and the period.
The deep Ferragamo red that features in the evening sandal worn by Kidman’s character during the pivotal Governor’s Ball scene was already something of a House signature in the ’40s.
And the ribbed wedge detail featured in the shoe worn by Lady Sarah Ashley at her homestead on Faraway Downs derives from a style created originally for Katherine Hepburn.
Each of the exquisite models was created entirely by hand and immediately became part of fashion history with other famous designs by Salvatore Ferragamo.
Just in time for the release of the movie, Ms. Kidman’s glamorous evening sandal, in ruched deep red velvet with stingray accents, was unveiled and offered for sale as a limited-edition style at Ferragamo stores worldwide in November 2008.
Sold in distinctive and collectible packaging and accompanied by a certificate of authenticity that tells the history and unique features of the piece, the limited edition shoe will return to the company’s archives at the Salvatore Ferragamo museum at Palazzo Spini Feroni in Florence, Italy once it is sold out.
Trailer for the movie Australia