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Paul Flato, most often called ”Jeweler to the Stars”, created visionary, innovative designs for Joan Crawford, Greta Garbo, Marlene Dietrich, and Vivian Leigh among others. His designs often had the elements of levity and humor with a special nod to the wearer. One of his admirers was Ginger Rogers, the famous dancing partner of Fred Astaire. When Rogers accepted an Academy award in 1940 she did so in Flato jewels. These dancing slippers are photographed in the book on Flato by Elizabeth Irvine. Made in 1938, they are not signed (like much of Flato’s work). They feature 2 carats of diamonds set in 14-carat gold, weighing 28 grams and measuring two inches long for each slipper. Like the partnership of Astaire and Rogers, these two make beautiful music.
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Paul Flato was born in 1900 in Flatonia, Texas. In the late 1920s, he opened his own shop at 1 East Fifty-Seventh Street in New York City, several years before Tiffany & Co. relocated to their current address just across the street. His design-oriented style, often bordering on the humorous, reached its peak in the 1930s. Adolph Kleaty, George Headley and Fulco di Verdura were among his designers. In 1937, Flato opened a branch in Beverly Hills, at 8657 Sunset Boulevard. This branch remained open for only two years, frequented by such luminaries as Greta Garbo, Joan Crawford, Merle Oberon, and Marlene Dietrich. In 1970 Flato left America, establishing a shop in Mexico City in the fashionable Zona Rosa district. He spent his last years in Dallas, Texas, where he passed away in July 1999.