Tuesday, February 10, 2015 - The shoe exhibition 'Shoe Treasures- Roger Vivier' will be hosted by the Dutch Leather and Shoe Museum in Waalwijk from 21 February 2015 till 28 June 2015. 'Christian Dior – Shoes created by Roger Vivier', these words have been written in lots of shoes by the legendary House of Dior.
Shoe treasures - Roger Vivier
Shoe treasures - Roger Vivier

The creator of the New Look, however, would never have allowed anyone other than an equally legendary shoe designer to put their signature next to his. A clearer proof of the great esteem in which Christian Dior held Roger Vivier is hard to find.

Sculptural style
Vivier started his career in the shoe business during his studies at the Ecole des Beaux Arts, when he accepted a job in a shoe factory owned by a relative of his. Within a few years he had learned every trick of the trade. His studies in sculpting, which came in handy during the rest of his career, explain the characteristic, sculptural style of most of his shoe designs.

Catherine Deneuve and Brigitte Bardot
Gravity was never much of an obstacle to Vivier, who laid particular emphasis on heels. He has been cited as the inventor of the stiletto heel but surely he is responsible for the Comma heel and Shock heel. In the mid-1960s, he also blew new life into existing shoe types. With this shoe types he made actresses like Catherine Deneuve (Belle de Jour-buckle shoes, based on the Pilgrim Buckle shoe) and Brigitte Bardot (Harley-Davidson thigh-length boots also called cuissardes) almost immortal.

I. Miller and Delman
Starting from the 1930s, Vivier caused a real revolution on the North American shoe market as a designer for the leading New York-based manufacturers I. (Israel ) Miller and Delman. All Vivier's creations in those years were commissioned by Laboremus, a subsidiary of the German Heyl'sche Lederwerke leather factory in Worms-Liebenau. At that time Laboremus’ headquarters was located on the Place Vendôme in Paris, just a few steps away from the famous Ritz Hotel.

Hidden treasure
Until recently, hardly any research had been done into Vivier’s creations from the period before working with Christian Dior. Thanks to an observant member of the staff in the German Leather Museum in Offenbach, which houses the German Shoe Museum in one of its wings, a hidden treasure was found in the museum collection: 40 prototypes from the master himself, dating back to the 1930s.

These models represent the beating heart of the Shoe Treasures - Roger Vivier exhibition that will be hosted by the Dutch Leather and Shoe Museum from 21 February 2015. The long-lasting friendship with the German Leather Museum allows us to bring the exhibition to Waalwijk. In Germany, both the public and national and international press showed huge interest in the work of the French designer. Reason enough for the German exhibition, with the name 'Schuhwerke – Roger Vivier', to be extended no less than twice.

Marlene Dietrich’s shoes
In this exhibition, the Laboremus designs will be complemented with unique shoes by the House of Dior, designs that have been manufactured under the labels 'Roger Vivier for Saks Fifth Avenue' and 'Delman'. Highlights of the exhibition are four pairs of court shoes, especially made for the German actress Marlene Dietrich. These shoes will be on show courtesy of the Deutsche Kinemathek in Berlin. Needless to say, several Vivier models from the collection of the Dutch Leather and Shoe Museum will also be part of the exhibition.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a trilingual full colour catalogue (German – English – Dutch). Dr. Rosita Nenno from the German Leather Museum in Offenbach is curator of the exhibition and also the author of the catalogue.

Shoe Treasures - Roger Vivier
21 February – 28 June 2015
Dutch Leather and Shoe Museum
Elzenweg 25, Waalwijk, the Netherlands

For more information Dutch Leather and Shoe Museum'

Saturday, January 10, 2015 - Basel's next Museum Night will take place on Friday 16th January 2015. Because of the current exhibition 'History under your feet - 3000 years of shoes' at the Spielzeug Welten Museum their night programme will be a big celebration of shoes. From 18.00 til 2.00 there will be various shoe performances, tap dancing, shoe making, flip-flop workshops and shoe games. So put on your party shoes and come dance with us!
Basel Museum Night 2015
Basel Museum Night 2015

Special shoe exhibition at the Spielzeug Welten Museum in Basel from 18 October 2014 – 6 April 2015, in collaboration with the Northampton Museum and Art Gallery from England and the Virtual Shoe Museum. This special exhibition is devoted to an everyday object that for millennia has served to protect the soles of men, women and children: the shoe.

Spielzeug Welten Museum Basel Museum Night program for Friday 16th January 2015
All events are suitable for children

Coloro. The performance 'Shoes', a show developed exclusively for the Toy World Museum in Basle, will feature in the museum’s display window. Coloro – these are the Swiss artists Cornelia Clivio, Lorenz Matter and Romano Carrara. Numerous awards, seven years as a team and over 700 performances of their show 'Stage TV' on national and international stages attest to their success. 

Performance times: 18.00, 18.20, 18.40, etc. till 01.40

Tap dancing. Try tap dancing. And enjoy live performances by professional dancers. Experience how fascinating it is to generate rhythmic sounds through dance. Learn the first simple steps and routines under instruction from the tap dance professionals. The instructors will demonstrate how the perfect tap dance looks and sounds.

Non-stop from 18:00 to 2:00

Shoeshine boys. Take a seat and have your shoes cleaned as in the days of old. During the 1920s and 1930s, young men offered their services as shoe cleaners in many cities. This tradition will experience a revival during the night of the museum. With a professional polish, two young men will bring a little lustre to the Museums Night.
Non-stop from 18:00 to 2:00

Shoemaking with Thomas Murphy. Learn how a shoe is made. Experience how custom-made shoes are still handcrafted today and try your hand at shoemaking yourself. Thomas Murphy is one of the best-known shoemakers in the world. He designs for the collections under his own shoe label and is responsible for the children’s range 'Chapter 2'. His creations are sold in boutiques around the world. Thomas Murphy teaches at the highly respected Royal College of Art in London and crafts creative shoes that have their grand appearance on the catwalks of the fashion metropolises. 

Non-stop from 18:00 to 2:00

Shoe race. The Formula 1 of remote-controlled shoes. Hit the gas pedal and win. You’re in the running with us, not with model cars, but with remote-controlled shoes. The winners will be presented with a small prize. Good luck at the shoe Grand Prix! 
Suitable for children 
Non-stop from 18:00 to 2:00
Mould a chocolate shoe. A highlight for those with a sweet tooth. You can mould shoes in chocolate all night long, and take them with you to indulge in later. Call by and sweeten your Museums Night. 

Non-stop from 18:00 to 2:00

For shoe masters. Play, score and win. A shoe table-top football game and various interactive shoe games guarantee plenty of excitement and lots of fun. Play the night away.
Non-stop from 18:00 to 2:00

Flip-flop workshop. Together with the famous shoe designers Kobi Levi from Israel, Aki Choklat from Finland and Stuart Thom from Italy, you can create your own personalised flip-flops and take them home. Classical, eccentric, understated, colourful, glamorous, decorative or stylish. Whatever your heart desires. Everything you need is provided by the museum free of charge: glitter, sequins, beads and feathers – and of course, also pairs of flip-flops in two sizes and colours.
Non-stop from 18:00 to 2:00

Don’t forget: If you’re feeling famished or just a little peckish, fine Italian specialities and other delicacies are waiting for you at Ristorante La Sosta. Treat yourself to a break from culture and plan a culinary intermezzo with us.

Spielzeug Welten Museum Basel (Toy Worlds Museum Basle)
Museum, shop and restaurant
Opening hours during the Museum Night 16th January 2015: 18.00 until 2.00
Steinenvorstadt 1
CH-4051 Basel

Wednesday, December 31, 2014 - I would like to wish all shoe designers and shoe lovers a very happy and inspiring New Year! 2014 has been a shoe roller coaster with various exhibitions and various other shoe projects (Shoe Shows in the Middle East, photo research for a new series of Workman NY shoe calendars, judging shoe design students) and I have met so many passionate designers and shoe lovers!
Happy Shoe Year!
Happy Shoe Year!

I want to thank the museums and publishers for their co-operation and all designers and artists who worked with me for sharing their beautiful shoes with me to be able to create these exhibitions. I will sure keep you posted on my future shoe projects and new fabulous shoe designers at our website.

2014 Shoe exhibitions curated from the Virtual Shoe Museum collection:

Auf Schritt und Tritt - At Every Turn, Shoes in Art and Design
Museum Villa Rot in Burgrieden-Ulm, Germany
27.10.2013 - 02.16.2014

Berlin’s 1st International Shoe Museum
What About Shoes shoe fair, Berlin, Germany
22.02.2014 - 24.02.2014

Na Yopánky
In collaboration with the Czech Bata Shoe Museum
AuPark, Bratislava, Kosice and Žilina, Slovakia
19.02.2014 - 2.03.2010 / 4.03.2014 – 20.03.2014 / 29.09.2014 – 19.10.2014

SHOEting Stars. Shoes in Art and Design
KUNST HAUS WIEN, Vienna, Austria
8.06.2014 - 5.10.2014

Shoe Show for CELS Kuwait City, Kuwait
30.10.2014 till 13-11.2014

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Contributions to exhibitions in 2014:
Shoemania (shoe video's) - Centrum Chodov Prague, Czech republic
1.6.2014 till 30-6.2014

Schuhe!
Museum Auberlehaus, Trossingen, Germany
4.10.2014 - 31.01.2015

Architectural shoes for
Vogue Fashion Night at Shoe Level Distict, Dubai, VER
28.10.2014 – 10.11.2014

Miami
The Art of Fashion Show by Artsy Productions during Art Basel Miami, USA
4.12.2014 – 7.12.2014

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Photo research for Workman shoe calendars 2016 and NY magazine

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Jury
Clarks Shoe Design Award 25.1.2014
Dutch Shoe Academy Industrial Footwear Design 12.4.2014

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New series of X-mas 'Col-lec-tion' cards with photographer Charlotte Visser.

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2015 Current and planned shoe exhibitions curated from the Virtual Shoe Museum collection:

Spielzeug Welten Museum Basel, Switserland
In collaboration with the Northampton Museum and Art Gallery in England
Die Geschichte unter den Füssen - 3000 Jahre Schuhe - History under you feet – 3000 years of shoes. Including a toy shoes project with the Dutch Shoe Academy, Utrecht, NL
18.10.2014 – 6.04.2015

Shoe Show for CELS
Khalidiyah Mall, Abu Dhabi
9.1.2015 till 21-1 2015

Shoes in Senses
Stadtgalerie Klagenfurt
25.6.2014 - 11.10.2015

Photo's: 'Col-lec-tion' Star and Spielzeug Welten Museum in Basel.

Friday, December 12, 2014 - Special shoe exhibition at the Spielzeug Welten Museum in Basel from 18 October 2014 – 6 April 2015, in collaboration with the Northampton Museum and Art Gallery from England and the Virtual Shoe Museum. This special exhibition is devoted to an everyday object that for millennia has served to protect the soles of men, women and children: the shoe.
History under your feet - 3000 years of shoes
History under your feet - 3000 years of shoes

In collaboration with the Northampton Museums and Art Gallery in England, home to the world’s largest collection of historical shoes, this exhibition of over 220 pairs of shoes takes you on a journey through the footwear fashions of the last 3000 years. In addition to its purely protective function and its importance for many people as a fashion item, throughout history the shoe has also been connected with social status and membership of particular social groups. In ancient Egypt, only pharaohs were allowed to wear sandals made of silver or gold. The oldest shoe in the exhibition comes from Egypt, and dates from around 1000 BC. Every shoe form that we wear today has a link to the past. We are always wearing a piece of history on our feet. And in the meantime, the shoe has also become a subject for the art world.

More than 30 artists from across the globe, selected by Liza Snook from The Virtual Shoe Museum, have made their artistic shoe creations available for the exhibition. Shoes from the designers of tomorrow also offer visitors a taste of the future.

Thomas Murphy, an English shoemaker of bespoke shoes for the young and old, will demonstrate his craft on various weekends. Our visitors will have the chance to experience live how handmade shoes are made today, and will have the opportunity to try their hand at a bit of shoemaking themselves.

Spielzeug Welten Museum Basel (Toy Worlds Museum Basle)
Museum, shop and restaurant
Opening hours 10.00 until 18.00 daily
Steinenvorstadt 1
CH-4051 Basel

The Swiss Museums Pass and the Museums-PASS-Musées are valid for the Toy Worlds Museum Basle.

Admission.
CHF 7.00/5.00
Children up to 16 years of age are admitted free of charge and only the company of adults.

Beads shoes by Tomas Kroes, photo by Charlotte Visser.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014 - Shoe art, signed & numbered Helena is back. After an overwhelming response on various boots featured in international exhibitions, Helena decided to make her shoe art available to shoe lovers. This fall she will be launching 'Gloria Flamenca', the first in a series of exclusive, signed and numbered boots which all have been in expositions but never produced before.
Helena Amsterdam unique wearable shoe art
Helena Amsterdam unique wearable shoe art

These wearable pieces of art will all carry their unique number and will be signed by the artist compared to a litho or art print. The significant difference is that the boots will not be an inferior copy of the original but completely identical. Each pair will be manufactured out of exactly the same materials, in the same country, with equal dedication and craftsmanship as the ones featured in museums and exhibitions. 

Quality
The boots and bags will all be handmade from the finest leather and materials, with a passion for perfection by, grown up, craftsmen in Portugal. The artistic footwear will arrive with a certificat of authentity, together with a travel bag to keep them nice and shiny. To top off things Helena designed a matching clutch. These collectors items can exclusively be ordered directly from
Helena Amsterdam. The first delivery will be before Christmas!

Gloria Flamenca
Designed with a deep love for Spain and it's beautiful culture and people, these boots represent a tribute to the Flamenco dancers, expressing the fire, passion and colorfulness to be found in every woman, all over the world

Exhibitions:
The 'Gloria Flamenca' boot is of course permanently featured at the Virtual Shoe Museum and will be part of the 'History under you feet – 3000 years of shoes' exposition at the Spielzeug Welten Museum Basel, Switserland in collaboration with the Northampton Museum and Art Gallery in England. From October 18 2014 untill april 5 2015.

Prices:
Boot: € 275
Ankle boot: € 235
Clutch: € 145

About Helena
Inge Helena Rietjens is known for her creative, daring, stylish and playful signature, manufactured in high quality materials and craftsmanship. This fall she is launching a brand new concept featuring solely, limited edition boots and bags, with a new release 3 times a year.She started out as a shoe designer in 2004 by launching the Helena Angelique collection in a collaboration with a tattoo artist, followed by her own Helena d'Amsterdam collection in 2009. She co developed and taught at the masterclass shoe design for FIA ( Fashion Institute Arnhem) and was a designer and trend watcher for Sacha. Her designs received international media attention and have been sold worldwide.

Quite some of her boots an shoes were, are and will be featured in various museums and exhibitions, amongst which the Kunsthal/Rotterdam, Modemuseum/Hasselt, Nederlands Leder en Schoenen Museum/Waalwijk, Museum Auberlehaus/ Trossingen, Spielzeug Welten Museum/Basel and at The Virtual Shoe Museum more to come in 2015: Shoe Show/Dubai and Kuwait, Klagenfurt/Austria.

More shoes by Helena at the Virtual Shoe Museum.

Photo's by Charlotte Visser.