Roger Vivier

Roger Vivier

Legendary French fashion designer, Roger Vivier, stepped foot into the footwear industry in 1926, at the age of 19, and opened his first boutique in Paris in 1937. Aside from his admired solo work, Vivier spent ten years designing shoes at the house of Christian Dior. Vivier is most importantly known for creating the first Aiguille (needle) stiletto heel in 1954, as well as the first Virgule (curved) heel. Vivier's most iconic shoe design is the Pilgrim pumps, which feature an angled block heel and a silver buckle on the vamp. Over the span of his illustrious career, Vivier has designed shoes for the Duchess of Windsor, Bridgette Bardot, Elizabeth Taylor, and most famously, Queen Elizabeth II, which she wore on her coronation day.