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Maison Roger Vivier and the East India Company, a new British brand built on the foundations of the historic trading company, have joined to create a pair of shoes fit for a fairytale. Designed by Vivier’s creative director Bruno Frisoni, the shoes have dramatic jet-black plumes and have been set with 4,000 brilliant cut diamonds courtesy of the East India Company. The collaboration is called “A Queen Forever,” and the shoes will go on display this Thursday as part of the Brilliant Exhibition at the annual Masterpiece Fair at the Royal Hospital Chelsea in London.
The design was inspired by the shoes that Roger Vivier made for Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation 60 years ago. The diamonds — all 55 carats of them — were hand-stitched onto the shoes’ uppers in the shape of a fleur-de-lys, echoing a motif on the Imperial State Crown worn by the new queen on the day of her coronation. The diamonds themselves were set by the East India Company to look like tiny flowers and stars. The shoes will be on display, by appointment, at Roger Vivier London and will be showcased at the fair until July 4. A spokeswoman for Vivier confirmed they are for sale, with price on application.