Roger Vivier -Icons Connected is a travelling exhibition that pays tribute to the memorable story of legendary shoemaker, Roger Vivier (1907-1998) from the 1930’s until today. The exhibit will present accessories that best represent the luxury brand’s history alongside iconic images and vintage pieces that capture this famous Parisian accessories Maison’s most celebrated milestones.
Spread across The Grand Atrium at The Galleria, 11 displays will showcase prominent pieces and images that embody the brand’s absolute elegance, modernity through time and its protagonists: Roger Vivier, the visionary founder who made women’s dreams come true and inspired fashion history since the 1930’s, to Bruno Frisoni, current Creative Director and Brand Ambassador Ines de la Fressange who have both been at the helm of the house since 2003 when Diego Della Valle, owner and founder of Tod’s Group, bought the Roger Vivier name to revive it.
Since Frisoni’s appointment in 2003, he has updated Vivier’s codes while bringing fresh genius to signature styles including the buckle pump made famous by Catherine Deneuve in the classic film Belle du Jour in 1967, while the exquisite and quintessentially Parisian icon Ines de la Fressange wears Vivier out in the world always with her inimitable elegance and wit. This exhibition celebrates the history of the venerated house, and charts its evolution from a carriage trade shoe brand to a sophisticated, contemporary Parisianluxury accessories brand with global reach. The Vivier universe will be on display in a 11-chapter tale within The Galleria for two weeks featuring iconic pieces from the heritage of the brand to the most contemporary ones including:
– The buckle from 1965 and its evolution in time
– The Virgule heel from1963 versus today’s version
– Elizabeth Taylor’s shoes from 1963
– Brigitte Bardot’s thigh-high boots from 1967
– Queen Elizabeth’s 1952 coronation shoes
– A beautiful section devoted to the world of Roger Vivier’s most historical signatures heels.
– Framed cut-outs collages from the brand’s archives created originally by Roger Vivier himself
– The Haute Couture 2008Miss Viv’ design
– The geometric Prismick line from 2012
– Sketches by Bruno Frisoni of Maison Roger Vivier’s contemporary styles
– Images of today’s international most coveted celebrities all Viviered-up, such as Cate Blanchett and, Jessica
Chastain, Jennifer Lawrenceand Brie Larrson
Roger Vivier Brand Key Dates
1937 Roger Vivier opens his own House at 22 rue Royale, Paris, designing for the greatest shoemakers in the world.
1953 Roger Vivier, as the designer, start collaboration with Christian Dior opens a footwear department.
Queen Elizabeth II commissions Roger Vivier to design the shoes for coronation.
Roger Vivier creates Tango Boule (Sphere) heel for Marlene Dietrich.
1963 Roger Vivier establishes his own House in Paris and launches his pilgrim-buckle shoes.
Roger Vivier creates the “Virgule” heel.
1967 Catherine Deneuve wearing the Belle Vivier in the movie 《Belle de Jour》
Brigitte Bardot wearing la cuissarde thigh high boot XXXXXX
1987 The Musée de la Mode et du Textile (Paris), opens a retrospective exhibition.
1998 Roger Vivier passed away.
2003 Bruno Frisoni is appointed as creative director and Ines de la Fressange as Ambassador of the Maison Roger Vivier.
2004 The Roger Vivier flagship store opens 29 rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, Paris.
2012 – First Roger Vivier store in Dubai at the level Shoe District The Dubai Mall
2013 Roger Vivier retrospective exhibition “Virgule, etc. In the footsteps of Roger Vivier” at the Palaisde Tokyo in Paris (France).
2014 Roger Vivier-Icons Connected Journey in Seoul, Korea
2015 Roger Vivier-Icons Connected Journeyin Beijing, China and Tokyo, Japan
2015 Bruno Frisoniwon Night of Star Award by Fashion Group International in NYC
2016Roger Vivier-Icons Connected Journey in Level Dubai Mall, Dubai