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Bata Shoe Museum to exhibit works of shoemaker and stiletto guru Roger Vivier

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TORONTO - A Toronto museum says it will host the first North American exhibit dedicated to the work of Roger Vivier, the designer who brought the stiletto heel to the modern style masses.

The Bata Shoe Museum will unveil "Roger Vivier: Process to Perfection" on May 9.

The exhibit will centre around the working process of the famed shoemaker, including never-before-seen drawings.

The Bata Shoe Museum's Vivier holdings will be complemented by loans from institutions including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Deutsch Ledermuseum in Germany as well as the Roger Vivier brand.

The late French designer was known for the bejewelled and elegantly sculptural shoes crafted throughout his career.

Vivier's career first took flight in the 1950s when he became the shoe designer for Christian Dior.

Following Dior's death, he continued to create footwear for the famed French fashion house, but set out on his own in 1964.

Vivier has been credited for the modern-day invention of the ultra-thin stiletto heel, dating back to 1954. He has also been the creative force behind countless other innovative shoe designs such as needle and comma heels.

He is known for the metal-buckled pilgrim shoes popularized by French film legend Catherine Deneuve in "Belle de Jour," the thigh-high boots made famous by former screen siren Brigitte Bardot, and the reintroduction of the platform shoe.

The exhibition will be on view until April 7, 2013.

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Online:

www.batashoemuseum.ca