Roger Vivier: Process to Perfection
Roger Vivier: Process to Perfection, is an homage to the methodology of this masterful shoe designer. For the exhibition, the Bata Shoe Museum’s Vivier holdings were complemented by loans from world-renowned institutions, such as: the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), the Deutsch Ledermuseum (Germany), and the Roger Vivier brand. The exhibition’s subtitle, Process to Perfection, reveals the intent behind the content: Vivier’s aesthetic and how it evolved over the course of his career.
Origin Studios created three rooms to honour this artist: the Salon, emulating the boutique look and feel of Paris couture; the Perfection Room, displaying the bulk of the completed shoes; and the Process Room, providing a glimpse into the designer’s mind. The Process Room included original drawings by Vivier, and a selection of “pullovers” (prototype models) designed for Christian Dior. The Process Room was stark and unobtrusive, serving as a blank canvas to highlight the ideas, the genius, and the shoes themselves. In executing this design we worked with the museum to recycle elements from previous collaborations, including arches and columns from the On a Pedestal exhibit. This solution allowed purpose-built elements an extended lifespan, resulting in cost savings and reduced waste.
Origin Studios also designed the accompanying exhibition catalogue, which received the 2014 Canadian Museum Association’s Award of Outstanding Achievement in Publications.
Bata Shoe Museum, Toronto, ON, 2012
Exhibit Design & Exhibition Catalogue
Exhibit Space: 3,200 sq. ft.