Gold velvet shoe with elaborately embellished high tongue designed by Roger Vivier, French, 1964.
Collection of Roger Vivier, Paris
Photo credit: Image copyright © 2012 Roger Vivier, Paris (Photo: Aguttes/Aubert)
Roger Vivier: Process to Perfection
TORONTO • Bata Shoe Museum, Toronto • Ongoing
Roger Vivier: Process to Perfection focuses on the designer who was renowned for the bejewelled and elegantly sculptural shoes that he created throughout his life. Many of his innovations, such as the needle, choc and comma heels are as important in fashion today as when he first introduced them.
Vivier's career was established in the 1950s when he became the shoe designer for Christian Dior. During his time with Dior his shoes were the epitome of mid-century glamour and Vivier's early training in scuplture at École des Beaux Arts is evident in the sculptural heels and toes he designed for Dior. After Dior's death, Vivier continued to produce elegant footwear for the House of Dior but in 1963 he set out on his own. Among his many successes include the pilgrim buckle shoe popularized by Catherine Deneuve, which sold in the thousands, the thigh high boot popularized by Bridget Bardot and the reintroduction of the platform shoe.
The focus Roger Vivier: Process to Perfection is the working process of Vivier and his masterpieces of shoe design. The Bata Shoe Museum's Vivier holdings are complemented by loans from world-renowned institutions such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Deutsch Ledermuseum in Germany and the Roger Vivier brand.
To wear dreams on one’s feet is to begin to give a reality to one’s dreams. -Roger Vivier
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