Shoes, worn by Celia Cruz

Description (Brief):

These custom-made, gold vinyl platform shoes made by Miguel Nieto, were worn by Afro-Cuban vocalist Celia Cruz, known internationally as the "Queen of Salsa." Cruz's shoes, costumes, and her singing have always had a strong connection. Born one of 14 children to a poor family from Havana, Cuba, Cruz earned her first pair of shoes by singing to a tourist who bought them for her. She helped usher in the popularity of salsa music in the 1970’s. In 1997, at a ceremony honoring her 50-year musical career, Cruz donated her stage costume--shoes and all--to the Smithsonian.

Date Made: ca 1992

Wearer: Cruz, Celia

See more items in: Culture and the Arts: Entertainment

Exhibition: Entertainment Nation

Exhibition Location: National Museum of American History

Credit Line: Gift of Celia Cruz

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1997.0291.02Accession Number: 1997.0291Catalog Number: 1997.0291.02

Object Name: shoes, pair of

Physical Description: vinyl; leather; rubber (overall material)Measurements: overall: 17 cm x 9 cm x 22 cm; 6 11/16 in x 3 9/16 in x 8 11/16 inoverall: 6 5/8 in x 3 1/4 in x 9 in; 16.8275 cm x 8.255 cm x 22.86 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a5-12cf-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_834815

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