Delman makes a cameo at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in an exhibit of prints by the French artist and designer Erté. The exhibit, which is open until September 28 in New York City, honors the 25th anniversary of Erté’s death and includes designs he made for the shoe company.
Erté worked mainly in the United States and designed clothing for New York stores like Henri Bendel and B. Altman & Co. He also published regular fashion reports, personal letters and designed covers for Harper’s Bazaar. New York shoe designer Herman Delman, who founded his company in 1919 with a small store on Madison Avenue, was drawn to Erté’s work in Harper’s Bazaar and asked him to create designs for his brand.
The collaboration between Erté and Delman lasted for several years. The only pieces that remain from their work together are the gouaches in the exhibit, however, the museum’s renowned Costume Institute is in possession of Delman shoes from the period.