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Pair of evening shoes

Pair of evening shoes

  • Place of origin:

    Paris (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1961 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Roger Vivier (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silk satin, diamanté buckle, lined with leather

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Princess Stanislaus Radziwill

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Black silk satin pumps, square cut in the front with a chisel toe, trimmed with large square diamanté buckle. The false prong of the buckle is metal and appears through an eyelet hole slightly to one side of the centre. There is a medium kitten heel covered with black satin.

The shoes are lined with grey leather.

Place of Origin

Paris (made)


ca. 1961 (made)


Roger Vivier (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Silk satin, diamanté buckle, lined with leather

Marks and inscriptions

On the inner sole is printed in gold 'Roger Vivier PARIS'

Round the heel is printed in gold 'sur mesure'


Height: 11 cm, Width: 8 cm, Length: 26 cm

Descriptive line

Pair of satin evening shoes, designed by Roger Vivier, Paris, ca. 1961.

Labels and date

Label for the exhibition Shoes:Pleasure and Pain

Pilgrim Pumps
Some of the most sought after shoes of the mid 20th century were created by Roger Vivier. One of his best-sellers was the pilgrim buckle shoe, popularised by Catherine Deneuve in the 1967 film Belle de Jour. The buckle was inspired by the footwear of 17th-century puritans, and became the most imitated feature of
the 1960s. These exclusive satin diamanté buckle shoes were made to measure for the wearer.
Satin Buckle shoes
About 1961
Roger Vivier
Silk satin, glass, metal and leather
Worn and given by
Princess Stanislaus Radziwill
V&A: T.450&A-1974 [2015-2016]


Silk satin; Metal; Diamante




Footwear; Fashion; Accessories; Clothing; Europeana Fashion Project

Production Type

Haute couture


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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