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ROGER VIVIER, OR THE BIRTH OF A MODERN, ELEGANT AND SOPHISTICATED WOMAN

Founded in 1937, Roger Vivier is above all one of the 20th century’s most talented designers. This multi-talented Frenchman revolutionised the world of luxury shoes and haute couture thanks to his imagination and pronounced taste for detail. Over the years, he put shoes on the most famous women, from Queen Elizabeth II and Josephine Baker to Brigitte Bardot and Elizabeth Taylor. 

A craftsman at heart and a brilliant designer, he first worked for Christian Dior, Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Balmain. He then set about creating his eponymous house, where he perfected his art for the rest of his life. Roger Vivier invented more than 20 new heel shapes. Aiguille, Choc, Virgule and Polichinelle, to name but a few, are all graphic and sculptural references that he would dress up with shimmering colours, sumptuous embroidery or adorn with geometric and architectural details.

Women are at the centre of his art and bring the history of the house to the top. The Belle Vivier model is a direct reference to Luis Buñuel’s film “Belle de jour”, starring Catherine Deneuve, who made this creation an iconic pair with the silver buckle, the house’s timeless signature. 

The Roger Vivier’s legacy is on display in the world’s greatest museums, including the MET in New York, the Victoria & Albert Museum in London and the Palais Galliera in Paris. A heritage that has endured since the death of its creator with the vision of Bruno Frisoni until 2018 and Gherardo Felloni, who for years has been revisiting the house’s archives with modernity, sublimating them with elegance and sophistication. 

Spectacular pieces for modern women, worn with grace by Inès de la Fressange, Cate Blanchett, Marion Cotillard, Isabelle Huppert and Sarah Jessica Parker, elevating this shoe to the rank of collector’s item.

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Thomas Durin