Designed by Roger Vivier for Christian Dior
Silk satin embroidered with beads, gilt thread, rhinestones and pink brilliants
Museum no. T.149&A-1974
© Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Given by Mrs Loel Guinness
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, when his designs were considered shocking by major retailers. He went on to collaborate with many couturiers to create shoes for their collections and started collaborating with Dior from 1953-63 when the New Look brought emphasis to the ankle and foot. He is the only one of Dior's collaborators permitted to have a credit on the final design - 'Christian Dior crée par Roger Vivier' - which is marked inside every shoe. Vivier created a number of innovative heel shapes for Dior, including the comma heel and the stiletto. He worked in elaborate and expensive materials including silks, pearls, beads, lace, metal threads and jewels.