Red evening shoes

Red evening shoes

Evening shoes
Designed by Christian Dior (1905-57)
Paris, France
Late 1950s
Silk satin
Museum no. T.153&A-1974
© Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Given by Mrs Gloria Guinness

Christian Dior's ground floor boutique at his couture house on the Avenue Montaigne, Paris, sold all the finishing touches for his outfits, from shoes, hats, gloves and jewellery to stockings and cosmetics. These shoes would have been specially dyed to match the dress with which they were worn. Dior wrote that red ‘is the colour of life. I love red and I think it suits almost every complexion. Bright reds – scarlet, pillar-box red, crimson, cherry are very gay and youthful.’ He also described bows as the ‘natural ornament’ of an