Curated by Olivier Saillard, Virgule etc is the new exhibition dedicated to French legendary shoemaker Roger Vivier which opened this week in Paris this week, at Palais de Tokyo. The exhibition features spectacular Roger Vivier pieces, which are part of a collection owned by the French State who had acquired it two year ago before being auctioned.
Roger Vivier retrospective exhibition traces the designer’s collaborations with other famous designers of his time such as Yves Saint Laurent and Christian Dior, the latter labeling his shoes collections Dior by Vivier. The exhibition has been entirely financed by Tod’s Group, owner of the Roger Vivier house, giving full authority to curator Saillard.
Over 170 pairs of shoes are displayed in custom-made glass cases, in the style of a 19th century museum, with enhanced lighting. The exhibition also captures the exceptional craftsmanship and artistry of Vivier, from a surrealist pump that sits on a golf-sized, diamond-covered ball, a Mondrian clutch for Yves Saint Laurent, shoes worn by Catherine Deneuve in Belle de Jour (1965) and thigh-high yellow satin boots embroidered by Lesage.
The Vivier retrospective at Palais de Tokyo includes loans from other important institutions, including Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Bata Shoes Museum in Toronto as well as from private collections.