House of Dior (French, founded 1947)
Roger Vivier (French, 1913–1998)
4 1/2 x 9 in. (11.4 x 22.9 cm)
Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Germaine Cromwell and Patricia Webb, 1978
Not on view
Roger Vivier is one of the most revered shoe designers of the 20th century. Beginning his career in the late 1920s, Vivier designed for many of the top manufacturers of Europe and the United States, including Pinet, Bally, Rayne, Salamander, and Delman before rising to the height of fame for his designs for Christian Dior from 1953 to 1963. He continued to design into the 1990s both under his own label and for numerous couture designers, including Saint Laurent, Grès, Ungaro, and Balmain. Vivier is most noted for his innovative toe and heel shapes, the supreme elegance and harmony of his designs, his sometimes subtle but inventive and highly refined details, and for his conception of footwear as integral to fashion.
Vivier's clean, elegant lines are particularly in evidence in this design. The inventive trim, refined vamp treatment suggesting a toe cap, and appealing, graphic black and white contrast of the upper and sole are classic touches of the master designer.
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