French footwear designer Roger Vivier’s whimsical history and designs feature prominently in a new book by fashion journalists Virginie Mouzat and Colombe Pringle, out by Rizzoli now.
L to R: L’Officiel de la Mode 1967 n.537; L’Officiel de la Mode 1970 n.578; L’Officiel de la Mode 1967 n.539
For anyone who has spent time flipping through vintage fashion magazines of the 1950s, ’60s, and ’70s, Roger Vivier’s footwear is a familiar presence: the designer’s whimsical use of color, material, and silhouette ensure that his creations pop off any page, arguably rivaled only by then-contemporary Charles Jourdan’s equally enticing pumps, sandals, and boots. It is precisely this whimsical approach to footwear, both for his own namesake label and that of Christian Dior, for whom he designed shoes beginning in 1955, that is the subject of a new tomé out by Rizzoli. Penned by former Le Figaro Fashion Editor Virginie Mouzat (now at the new French edition of Vanity Fair) and French journalist Colombe Pringle, with contributions by current official Vivier-house muse Inès de la Fressange, its creative Director Bruno Frisoni, and actress Cate Blanchett, “Roger Vivier” offers a comprehensive look at the history of the house through to modern day, with photography, sketches, and more revealing an intimate glimpse of this storied- and beloved- French maison de chaussures.
Below, a series of images of the book itself, © Jessica Klingelfuss.