If you’re a shoe lover, you can’t miss the retrospective exhibition Virgule, etc. held at Palais de Tokyo until November 18th 2013.
It’s a must-see since it’s the first great retrospective on Roger Vivier since 1987 at Les Arts Décoratifs, Paris.
Olivier Saillard, fashion historian and head of Galliera Fashion Museum is curating a poetic vision on Roger Vivier’s legacy on footwear history. Roger Vivier created shoes like sculptures, like real pieces of art. He designed shoe in a much forward and innovative way, to the point where he used materials that nobody used before such as lace from Lesage, exotic woods, PVC and Precious stones, as seen on Princess Soraya’s kitten heel.
The way Olivier Saillard curated the exhibit highlights Roger Vivier’s inspirations from key arts movements such as Pop Art, The Nothern School and Primitive Arts.
170 shoes from Roger Vivier‘s and some National Museum’s archives are exposed along contemporary designs by Bruno Frisoni, current Roger Vivier Creative Director. Olivier Saillard succeeded in creating a abridge between lush past and grand modernity.
Roger Vivier designed the basics of footwear history: from the Stilettos in 1954, the Choc in 1959 and the iconic Virgule heel in 1963– which make a sensual comeback in the new collections embodied by it-girl Atlanta de Cadenet Taylor and photographed by sought-after photographer Olivia Bee. Virgule heel is a must have in your closet this season for charming and arrogant silhouette.
As a last touch of poetry, this exhibition unveil Mr Roger Vivier’s personal collages, which still is an endless source of inspiration for the House’s current and upcoming collections.