”Roger Vivier’s legacy is just like Dior, like Chanel, like Balenciaga,They all bring something to fashion.”
A retrospective exhibition regarding life and work of the ”shoe couturier” Roger Vivier is currently running at the Palais de Tokyo,in Paris and its becoming a must-see for all seriously interested about fashion and its history.Curated by Olivier Saillard,who is also director of the Parisian Musée Galliera,we know we can expect the best.The idea was to name the exhibition after the designer’s famous comma-shaped heels,so the name is no less elaborate and intriguing: ”Virgule, etc… Dans Les Pas De Roger Vivier (Comma, etc… In The Footsteps of Roger Vivier).”.
“I nearly said no to the exhibition, because I was opening [the retrospective of Azzedine Alaïa at the reopened Palais Galliera], but I said to myself, either I find an idea and have fun with it, or I’m stupid and I need to give up this job,” Olivier Saillard told WWD during a preview of the show.
According to the press release,the exhibition will feature close to 140 footwear designs, in the form of “a pastiche of a museum dedicated to shoes”. Tracing the labels history from Roger Vivier himself to the House’s revival in 2000 by Diego Della Valle, the exhibition offers an alluring yet comprehensive visual history of the ”Roger Vivier” legend.
“The collection spans some of Roger Vivier’s earliest designs, including models made for Christian Dior in the Fifties, through the decades when he created his iconic stiletto and comma heels, and includes recent models by current creative director Bruno Frisoni — even one that is currently in stores.” (WWD).