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Fashion History: Clarks and the V&A Launch a ’70s Collection

Clarks presented the third and final installment in its collaboration with London’s leading art and design museum, the Victoria and Albert (V&A) at GDS last week.

The Fall ’16 women’s line reimagines essential styles from the ’70s, including T-straps on block heels, Wallabee-inspired booties, loafers with exaggerated uppers and rickrack-like edges and square toe ghillie pumps in both black and soft gold. Cognac, navy and hunter green round out the retro palette.

Each shoe is lined with a psychedelic print pulled from the V&A library of prints.


The collection is part of an ongoing partnership between the two British icons. Last year Clarks was the headline sponsor for “Shoes: Pleasure and Pain,” a V&A exhibit that examined extremes of footwear from around the globe.

For Fall ’15, the duo teamed up for a men’s and women’s range of fifties-inspired footwear, including Teddy Boy creepers and desert boots done up in wallpaper prints. The Spring ’16 line zeroes in on the sixties and the decade’s affinity for mod color combinations, Mary Jane and slingback silhouettes and bold floral patterns.

The Fall ’16 line will be available globally in stores and online.