Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Roger Vivier "The Stiletto Artist"

Roger Vivier (1907–1998) was a French fashion designer who specialized in shoes. His best known creation was the Stilettoheel.

Vivier has been called the "Fragonard of the shoe" and his shoes "the Fabergé of Footwear" by numbers of critics. He designed extravagant richly-decorated shoes that he described as sculptures. He is credited with the design of the first stiletto heel in 1954.

Stiletto heels, the very thin high heel, were certainly around in the late 19th century as numerous fetish drawings attest, but Vivier is known for reviving and developing this opulent style by using a thin rod of steel.



Vivier designed shoes for Christian Dior from 1953 to 1963. In addition to the stiletto heel, he also experimented with other shapes including the comma. He used silk, pearls, beads, lace, appliqué and jewels to create unique decorations for his shoes.

Remembering Roger Vivier
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imageA RETROSPECTIVE paying tribute to the life and work of Roger Vivier is coming to Paris. The exhibition will be staged at the Palais de Tokyo in October, to coincide with Paris Fashion Week, and was curated by Olivier Saillard - director of the Musée Galliera.

The showcase is titled Virgule, etc… Dans Les Pas De Roger Vivier (Comma, etc… In The Footsteps of Roger Vivier), so named after the designer's famous comma-shaped heels. The exhibition will take the form of "a pastiche of a museum dedicated to shoes", explains a press release, featuring about 140 footwear designs.

The retrospective will pay tribute to the brand's eponymous founder, who died in 1998, as well as tracking the more recent history of the footwear label. Roger Vivier was revived in 2000 by Diego Della Valle, chairman of Tod's SpA, and Bruno Frisoni joined as creative director in 2002.

The exhibition will run from October 2 to November 18.

An exhibition dedicated to the work of the late designer will open to coincide with Paris Fashion Week


Source : Wikipedia , rogersvivier.net, Getty Images.Vogue Uk



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