In 1878, [Big Nose George] Parrott and his gang murdered two law enforcement officers in the US state of Wyoming. In 1880, after getting drunk and boasting of the killings, the men were apprehended and Big Nose George was sentenced to hang on April 2, 1881, following a trial, but he attempted to escape while being held at a Rawlins, Wyoming jail. When news of the attempted escape reached the people of Rawlins, a 200-strong lynch mob snatched George from the prison at gunpoint and strung him up from a telegraph pole.
Doctors Thomas Maghee and John Eugene Osborne took possession of Parrott’s body after his death, in order to study the outlaw’s brain for signs of criminality. During these procedures, the top of Parrott’s skull was crudely sawn off and the cap was presented to a 15-year-old girl named Lilian Heath. Heath would go on to become the first female doctor in Wyoming, and is noted to have used Parrott’s skull as an ash tray, pen holder and doorstop.
Skin from George’s thighs, chest and face was removed. The skin, including the dead man’s nipples, was sent to a tannery in Denver, where it was made into a pair of shoes and a medical bag. The shoes were kept by John Eugene Osborne, who wore them at his inaugural ball after being elected as the first Democratic Governor of the State of Wyoming. Parrott’s dismembered body was stored in a whiskey barrel filled with a salt solution for about a year, while the experiments continued, until he was buried in the yard behind Maghee’s office. Today the shoes created from the skin of Big Nose George are on permanent display at the Carbon County Museum in Rawlins, Wyoming, together with the bottom part of the outlaw’s skull and George’s earless death mask.
If I don’t get my hands on a pair of these Jeffrey Campbell “Shadow” shoes I think I am going to die inside a little. Don’t get me started on people who buy up LOADS of shoes then simply doubling the price and sell on eBay meaning true fans can’t get a pair – I want to set Pinhead on them! If you see them for sale NOT on eBay them please shout xx
Kemit Tesero now sells his shoes online – THANK YOU GOD. Naturally I want them ALL!
I promise that I am working on some more worthy aims but, for now, one of my 2012 resolutions is to own a pair of Finsk shoes although it does feel a little as if I am cheating on Jeffrey Campbell!
via Kitschy Living - I am sure these bad boys have already found their way into deepest darkest Shoreditch
Old readers of this blog may remember the literal pony shoes, and of course the dead dove heels, from Iris van Herpen. I have to say her clothing designs equally blow me away, a perfect match of fashion & sculpture. I would LOVE to be able to wear any of this collection (especially the skeleton inspired piece), if only for a few hours. Quite simply she is amazing.
Now I was not a massive fan of Anglomania V Melissa, or indeed Melissa shoes in general. However, the architectural design of these Gareth Pugh V Melissa shoes is such as I thought it would be worth sharing in a post to see what others think. So what do you think?
If you are a fan then buy them here (via The Trendy Girl).