Who invented the stiletto heel?
Shoe designer Roger Vivier can take the credit (or blame) for inventing in infamous stiletto heel. Vivier claims that this “Faberg̩ of Footwear” was born in the mid ’50s, while he worked for Christian Dior. By extending the heel to three inches, the designer was able to give models fabulous height and glamor – though tell that to all the ladies who took a header while trying to strut their stuff on the catwalk! Source: MarieClaire.com
Roger Henri Vivier (13 November 1903 – 3 October 1998) was a French fashion designer who specialized in shoes. His best known creation was the Stiletto heel.
Vivier has been called the “Fragonard of the shoe” and his shoes “the Fabergé of Footwear” by numbers of critics. He designed extravagant richly-decorated shoes that he described as sculptures. He is credited with the design of the first stiletto heel in 1954. Stiletto heels, the very thin high heel, were certainly around in the late 19th century as numerous fetish drawings attest, but Vivier is known for reviving and developing this opulent style by using a thin rod of steel.
Ava Gardner, Gloria Guinness and The Beatles were all Vivier customers, and he designed the shoes for Queen Elizabeth II for her coronation in 1953.