Pessac, France: Balauze-Marcombe, . 1st Edition. Small oblong folio, publisher's gold stiff paper wraps, spine and upper wrap titled in black.
Exhibition catalog for the first retrospective dedicated to "the Fragonard of the shoe," French couture shoe designer Vivier, credited with the invention of the modern stiletto heel in 1954. (Though not indicated in the catalog, the exhibition was held at the Entrepôt Lainé-CAPC, Bordeaux.) Vivier is also known for creating the Pilgrim pump with silver buckle, famously worn by Catherine Deneuve in Belle du Jour. Illustrated throughout with color and black-and-white plates. With an introduction and chronological biography by acclaimed editor of French Vogue Edmonde Charles-Roux; homages to Vivier by Yves Saint Laurent, screenwriter Jacque Fieschi and poet Olivier Cadiot; excerpts from texts by Derrida, Balzac, Violette Leduc, Proust and others; and numerous ads for French luxury brands of the 1970s. Text in French. Light edgewear and creasing to wraps. Near fine. Scarce. Item #103