Opens May 9 , 2012
TORONTO, Feb. 28, 2012 /CNW/ - The Bata Shoe Museum is excited to
announce that it will unveil the first exhibition in North America
dedicated to the work of one of the 20th century's most important
master shoemakers, Roger Vivier on May 9, 2012. Entitled Roger Vivier: Process to Perfection, the exhibition focuses on the designer who was renowned for the
bejewelled and elegantly sculptural shoes that he created throughout
his life. Many of his innovations, such as the needle, choc and comma heels are as important in fashion today as when he first
Vivier's career was established in the 1950s when he became the shoe
designer for Christian Dior. During his time with Dior his shoes were
the epitome of mid-century glamour and Vivier's early training in
scuplture at École des Beaux Arts is evident in the sculptural heels
and toes he designed for Dior. After Dior's death, Vivier continued to
produce elegant footwear for the House of Dior but in 1963 he set out
on his own. Among his many successes include the pilgrim buckle shoe
popularized by Catherine Deneuve, which sold in the thousands, the
thigh high boot popularized by Bridget Bardot and the reintroduction of
the platform shoe.
Throughout his career, Vivier proved to be extremely responsive to
cultural shifts and he remained devoted exploring the artistic
potential of shoe design. Ever engaged in designing shoes, Vivier
worked right up until his death in 1998 at the age of 90. Throughout
his illustrious career Vivier ceaselessly sought to refine his process
and continually strove for perfection.
The focus of the Roger Vivier exhibition will be the working process of Roger Vivier and his
masterpieces of shoe design. The Bata Shoe Museum's Vivier holdings
will be complemented by loans from world-renowned institutions such as
the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Deutsch Ledermuseum in
Germany and the Roger Vivier brand.
Visitors to the exhibition will see never before exhibited drawings by
Vivier and pull-overs designed for Christian Dior which illuminate his
working process. Visitors will also be able to see the jewels of his
oeuvre----the shoes that his working process wrought into perfection.
An exciting programming and lecture series has been developed to
accompany the exhibition. Roger Vivier: Process to Perfection will be on view until April 7, 2013.
About the Bata Shoe Museum
The Bata Shoe Museum is dedicated to uncovering the role of footwear in
the social and cultural life of humanity. The Museum's growing
international collection of over 13,000 objects touches on 4,500 years
of history. A varied programme of events and exhibitions lets visitors
discover the stories behind footwear from many lands and cultures.
Further information is available at www.batashoemuseum.ca.
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