By  on June 16, 2008

Australia's sweeping outback might seem an unlikely place for a well-shod woman to find herself settling down. But that's precisely where Nicole Kidman, playing an aristocrat who inherits a sprawling ranch just before World War II, lands — wearing Salvatore Ferragamo, no less — in this November's Baz Luhrmann-directed epic "Australia."

"When you think of the Thirties, one of the first names of shoes that comes to mind is Ferragamo," says Catherine Martin, the film's Oscar-winning costume designer, who last year approached the Italian house to collaborate on the shoe wardrobe for Kidman's character, Lady Sarah Ashley. According to Martin, the house's history of turning out bold-colored shoes in mixed fabrics inspired her own designs for Kidman, from a classic two-tone spectator pump to a raffia Mary Jane — "modeled on a patented Ferragamo design of the period," says Martin — which Kidman wears with a pink cheongsam.

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