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How Mary Jane Got Her Shine

Posted August 20th, 2008 at 11:46pm by lisacocuzza
This is taken from one of my “Fave” reads Fashion 101, A Crash Course In Clothing by Erika Stadler.

Ultra-shiny patent leather is one of the most popular materials used to make Mary Janes. To create the shiny finish, layers of dyes, oils, varnishes and/or resins are applied through a process developed in 1818. By the end of the century, patent leather became a popular material for the footwear of wealthy school children and adults. By the 1950’s the material was widely used for...

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