Black evening shoe

Black evening shoe

Evening shoe
Designed by Roger Vivier for Christian Dior
Paris, France
1954
Silk satin and tulle
Museum no. T.148-1974
© Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Given by Roger Vivier

Roger Vivier (1913-98) was a designer of luxury shoes and is credited with creating the stiletto heel. He designed for several couturiers, including Elsa Schiaparelli in the 1930s, but notably for Christian Dior from 1953-63. He is the only one of Dior's collaborators permitted to have a credit on the final design - 'Christian Dior crée par Roger Vivier' is marked inside every shoe. He often worked in elaborate and expensive materials including silks, pearls, beads, lace, metal threads and jewels.