Friday, August 21, 2015 An exhibition celebrating the visionary shoe designer Beth Levine (1914-2006) runs at the Long Island Museum in New York, from August 21h till January 4, 2016. This exhibition includes a wide array of iconic footwear, photographs, paintings, memorabilia, illustrations, accessories, film footage and artifacts from public and private collections relating to Levine's early life on a farm in Long Island through her ascent to the pinnacle of the fashion world. More than almost any single 20th century American designer, Levine revolutionized women’s footwear in ways that still resonate.
In addition to three First Ladies (Jacqueline Kennedy, Pat Nixon, Lady Bird Johnson, who chose Levine’s shoes for their extreme comfort), Beth's clients included Marilyn Monroe, Ava Gardner, Barbra Streisand, Lauren Bacall, Liza Minelli, and Cher. The boots that Nancy Sinatra wore for her 1966 hit "These Boots are Made for Walkin'" were designed by Beth. Levine collaborated with designers including Halston, Geoffrey Beene, Bill Blass and designed all the footwear for Braniff Airline's flight attendants.