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Evening shoes

Design House:
House of Dior (French, founded 1947)
Designer:
Roger Vivier (French, 1913–1998)
Date:
1961
Culture:
French
Medium:
silk, metal, leather, metallic thread, plastic, glass
Credit Line:
Gift of Valerian Stux-Rybar, 1980
Accession Number:
1980.597.4a, b
Not on view

Roger Vivier, the shoe designer for Christian Dior from the 1940s to the '60s, was known for his exquisite forms and extravagant materials. In this evening pump, he took the upturned toe and turquoise blue associated with the glazes and semiprecious stones of the Middle East to create his version of the Orientalist slipper. While the sleek contours of Vivier's shoes invariably narrowed the natural shape of the foot, his innovative heel treatments add tension and even a feeling of incredulity to his designs.

Marking: [stamped in shoe] "Christian Dior; Roger Vivier sur mésures"
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Extreme Beauty: The Body Transformed," December 4, 2001–March 17, 2002.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Orientalism: Visions of the East in Western Dress," December 8, 1994–March 19, 1995.

The Bata Shoe Museum. "Icons of Elegance," September 22, 2005–December 22, 2005.

Musée de la Mode et du Textile. "Les Souliers De Roger Vivier," December 9, 1987–April 3, 1988.

The Bata Shoe Museum. "Roger Vivier: The Fabergé of Footwear," May 10, 2012–April 28, 2013.

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