KCIDigital Archives

The KCI Digital Archives on the KCI website presents image and text information for the objects in the collection, arranged in chronological order.


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c. 1967

Roger Vivier
Roger Vivier
Roger Vivier PARIS
Black patent leather with buckle.
7cm (height)
Inventory Number(s)
AC5651 87-28-3AB

Wide toe and thick heels are synonym of the 1960's shoes. The use of patent leather or metal tended to the trend of the new artificial texture of this time.
In the 1950s, Roger Vivier was known as a designer of impressive shoes to harmonize with the classic and elegant style. In the 1960s, he created fresh and new futuristic designs with the trend. In 1965, he made a pair of black patent leather pumps with square buckles for the "Mondrian" dress of Yves Saint-Laurent (1936–2008). They resulted in a craze and became one of the standard designs for shoes in the 1960s.