An exhibition dedicated to Roger Vivier at Palais de Tokyo

Whether a woman wants to feel like a queen for a single day or to be always one step ahead one is the choice, a Roger Vivier pair of shoes!

Text: Katerina Papapostolou


The contemporary art museum Palais de Tokyo in Paris, will host a retrospective exhibition to celebrate the shoe “maestro” Roger Vivier. The “Virgule etc…” exhibition will consist of over one hundred creations plus some accessories and of course 25 marvelous designs of Bruno Frisoni, who since 2002 has been the creative director for Maison Roger Vivier.

More an artist than a shoemaker Roger Vivier began his career in the 1930’s designing his daring cork-platform shoes for Elsa Schiaparelli. In 1953 he designed the royal shoes for Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation, a pair of gold kidskin sandals with a heel studded with 3000 tiny garnets. The eminence of him was such that he was picked by Christian Dior to elevate his New Look to glorious heights through his 1954 stiletto. As heels was his key component in 1963 shocked the fashion world with his provocative, sculpted “comma” heel. Some of the women who couldn’t get enough of his creations were the Duchess of Windsor, the Princess Soraya of Iran, Marlene Dietrich, Elizabeth Taylor and Brigitte Bardot.

Gallery visitors will have the opportunity to admire shoes adorned with ostrich feathers, sequins, crystals and silver thread embroidery. It is a so unique and multidimensional exhibition that we can agree with the statement of Inès de La Fressange, Vivier’s brand ambassador that “It’s a generous exhibition, showing that all kinds of shapes can be possible—no prejudices! You can be ultra-chic with a touch of craziness.”

“Virgule etc…” is on view at the Palais de Tokyo through November 18.