Roger Vivier

Roger Vivier

The fashion world has a lot to thank Roger Vivier for. The French fashion designer, who was born in Paris on 13 November 1913, created history when he designed the first true stiletto heeled shoe in 1954 (which he made using a thin steel rod). At that time, he was also designing shoes for Christian Dior, which he did from 1953 to 1963.Roger Vivier also worked with other famous fashion designers, including Yves Saint Laurent and Elsa Schiaparelli. Whilst Roger Vivier was working for the firm Delman, Elsa Schiaparelli included his platform heel in her latest collection at that time.

Aside from the stiletto heel, his most famous and iconic creation has to be his Pilgrim pumps, which were decorated with silver buckles. They were worn in the movie Belle de Jour and received international recognition because of this. They were also widely imitated by other designers.Roger Vivier liked to create his shoes as if they were sculptures. He created opulent shoes that were enriched with jewels, lace, beads, silk and other decorations. His famous customers included The Beatles and Ava Gardner. However, the most important pair of shoes that he ever designed were for Queen Elizabeth II, which she wore for her coronation.A number of masterpieces by Roger Vivier are displayed in museums around the world, including New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, Paris’s Musée du Costume et de la Mode and London’s Victoria and Albert Museum.Roger Vivier also has stores and boutiques located in Europe and America. Many of the shoes are created to order, so customers can purchase a pair of unique Roger Vivier shoes for themselves.Sadly, Roger Vivier passed away in October 1998, in Toulouse, France. However, his memory will live on through his unique shoes and popular boutiques. Diego Della Valle now owns the Roger Vivier brand.

Photo by Herry Lawford

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