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Hot Art: Roger Vivier’s Designs at the Bata Shoe Museum

These dramatic heels feature among the many dramatic pieces at the Bata Shoe Museum's Roger Vivier show

ON NOW Before Christian Louboutin, Jimmy Choo and Manolo Blahnik, there was Roger Vivier. As footwear designer for Christian Dior from 1953 to ‘63—and then for his own house until his death in 1998—the French cordwainer is credited not only with creating the pilgrim-buckle pump and thigh-high boot, but also with refining the stiletto heel and platform shoe for high fashion. Examples of these and other glamorous designs, such as dramatic choc heels, comprise a Bata Shoe Museum survey of Vivier’s inspirations, methods, and, of course, results, in a showcase of fashion that truly does marry function with stunningly artistic form.

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