Roger Vivier was a french fashion designer. He started working for Dior and then launched his first collection rue François Premier. He designed with the help of aeronautical engineers the famous coma heels. He was also well known for the creation of the stiletto heel.
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 designs as sculptures.
Among Roger Vivier’s biggest fans were Wallis Simpson, the Duchess of Windsor and the cinema femme fatale Marlene Dietrich, who haunted his boutique daily and was rewarded with custom black satin pumps held up by glittering rhinestone balls. Vogue’s editor, Diana Vreeland, insisted her maid polish the soles of her Viviers with rhinoceros horn.
Today it is Ines de le Fressange who is the brand ambassador of Roger Vivier. She is the icon of french elegance.