Vivier, Roger

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Vivier, Roger Gender: M
born on 13 November 1907 at 05:30 (= 05:30 AM )
Place Paris Arrondissement 7, France, 48n5125, 2e1912
Timezone LST m2e20 (is standard time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Geslain
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_scocol.18.gif 19°41' s_mo.18.gif s_aqucol.18.gif 26°13 Asc.s_scocol.18.gif 01°40'

Roger Vivier
photo: Sheila Thomson from London, England, license cc-by-2.0


French fashion designer who specialized in shoes. His best known creation was the Stiletto heel. The photo shows a pair of shoes he designed for Dior.

Vivier has been called the "Fragonard of the shoe" and his shoes "the Fabergé of Footwear" by numbers of critics. He designed extravagant richly-decorated shoes that he described as sculptures. He is credited with the design of the first stiletto heel in 1954. Stiletto heels, the very thin high heel, were certainly around in the late 19th century as numerous fetish drawings attest, but Vivier is known for reviving and developing this opulent style by using a thin rod of steel.

Ava Gardner, Gloria Guinness and The Beatles were all Vivier customers, and he designed the shoes for Queen Elizabeth II for her coronation in 1953.

Vivier designed shoes for Christian Dior from 1953 to 1963. In addition to the stiletto heel, he also experimented with other shapes including the comma. He used silk, pearls, beads, lace, appliqué and jewels to create unique decorations for his shoes.

In the 1960s Vivier also designed silk-satin knee boots outlined in jewels, and thigh-high evening boots in a black elastic knit with beads. His most iconic design, the Pilgrim pumps with silver buckles (worn by Catherine Deneuve in the film Belle de Jour) received international publicity and many imitations.

Visitors flock to his boutique on the Rue St. Honore, whose design (designer: Lena Pessoa) is famous for being inspired by Vivier's apartment. Exclusivity is the hallmark of the line, with many shoes made to order, some with hand-embroidered gold thread. There are now three shops in the US, all designed by Lena Pessoa. The latest opened in Ocean County, CA in May 2012. Vivier's shoes are on display at the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto and the Musée du Costume et de la Mode at the Louvre.

The brand is owned by Diego Della Valle from 2003.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • business associate/partner relationship with Dior, Christian (born 21 January 1905)


Source Notes

BC in hand from Didier Geslain archive


  • Passions : Sexuality : Homosexual male
  • Vocation : Beauty : Designer/ Fashion (shoe designer)