Do i like shoes? No! I LOVE shoes! I sketch shoes as long as I can remember. I enjoyed sketching this illustration of the past and present. Shoes have always fascinated me. It doesn’t matter what season. And there are so many. A few times a year designers come up with new collections. It is difficult to make a choice because I like them all. Fortunately for us, there are museums to enjoy earlier collections. Like the exhibition Roger Vivier ‘Shoes on display’ in the Dutch Leather and Shoe Museum at this moment.
“Christian Dior – Shoes Created by Roger Vivier”: These words have been written in lots of shoes by the legendary House of Dior. The creator of the New Look, however, would never have allowed anyone other than an equally legendary shoe designer to put their signature next to his. A clearer proof of the great esteem in which Christian Dior held Roger Vivier is hard to find. He also worked with Yves Saint Laurent and Schiaparelli was the first designer to include Vivier’s shoes in her collections. Vivier’s studies in sculpting, which came in handy during the rest of his career, explain the characteristic, sculptural style of most of his shoe designs. (Vivier invented the stiletto heel).
Vivier passed away at the age of 90 in 1998, but the brand was re-launched by Tod’s CEO Diego Della Valle in 2003 with Bruno Frisoni at its helm. At the time, Frisoni had already worked on accessories for Lanvin and Christian Lacroix, collaborated as a freelance designer at Trussardi, Givenchy, and Yves Saint Laurent in the late 1990s. Frisoni was first inspired by Vivier after visiting a retrospective of his work in 1987 at the Musée des Arts de la Mode in Paris.
Frisoni: “The starting point is often the heel. It is primarily what defines a silhouette. What you will remember is the heel!”
The exhibition ‘Shoe Treasures – Roger Vivier’ will be accompanied by a trilingual full colour catalogue (German – English – Dutch). Dr. Rosita Nenno from the German Leather Museum, Offenbach is both curator of the exhibition as well as the author of the catalogue.
It will be hosted by the Dutch Leather and Shoe Museum in Waalwijk from 21 February 2015 till 28 June 2015.
Fashion illustrations by Linda Zoon / www.lindazoon.nl