Palais de Tokyo, Paris,
2 October-18 November 2013.
Taking its title from the designer’s iconic comma-shaped heel, VIRGULE ETC. celebrates the exceptional work of French accessory house Maison Roger Vivier.
Equally sculptor, inventor and designer, Vivier’s landmarks include creating the shoes worn by HM Queen Elizabeth II for her coronation in 1953, the launch of the stiletto heel in 1954, and the prim silver buckle-decorated flats worn by Catherine Deneuve in Buñuel’s 1967 film Belle de Jour.
140 models, drawn from the extensive Maison Roger Vivier archive, trace the design trajectory of the house. Exhibits are set in an entrancing scenography, a humorous pastiche of a shoe museum, where visitors embark on a journey through a fantasy landscape of evocative, archaic vitrines.
Curated by Olivier Saillard, scenography by Jean-Julien Simonot.
See books on Roger Vivier at amazon.co.uk.
Image courtesy Palais de Tokyo.