Sling-back shoe

Sling-back shoe

Slingback evening shoes
Designed by Roger Vivier for Christian Dior
Paris, France
1952-54
Silk satin covered with applied gold braid, sequins and paste jewels
Museum no. T.147&A-1974
© Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Given by Mrs Loel Guinness

Christian Dior employed shoe designer Roger Vivier to design shoes to go with his fantasy romantic gowns and these evening shoes, encrusted with gold braid, paste stones and sequins, represent the ultimate in luxury footwear. Only the most wealthy members of society could afford Dior gowns and accessories. The donor of these shoes, Mrs Loel Guinness, had married into one of Europe's richest families, and she patronised the key designers of the golden age of couture - Dior, Balenciaga and Givenchy. Stamped on the lining is ‘Christian/Dior/Paris’