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Thursday 19 September, 2013

Luxury shoemaker Roger Vivier takes a step back

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French shoemaker roger vivier is bringing an exhibition to town that could make its followers shriek with excitement. Footwear from the luxury brand's archives will be displayed in the atrium of the Landmark mall in Central from January 13 to 18.

The more than 20 exhibits showcase different eras since Roger Vivier's founding in the 1920s, including shoes made for Christian Dior and Yves Saint Laurent in the 1950s and '60s and pairs made especially for actresses Catherine Deneuve and Elizabeth Taylor.

A recent highlight is a pair called "A Queen Forever" by creative director Bruno Frisoni, to commemorate Queen Elizabeth's diamond jubilee. The shoes need their own security detail as they are encrusted with more than 3,500 diamonds, totalling 55 carats.

Classics from the archive include a pair of black satin pumps with a small heel and adorned with a ribbon and rhinestones, made for Taylor in 1963, and a pair of Mask sandals designed in collaboration with Yves Saint Laurent in 1967.

The exhibition is travelling to Shanghai and Shenyang before stopping off in Hong Kong.

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