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This year’s fashion exhibition summer season is all about the shoes.


In addition to the show-

Shoes: Pleasure and Pain

at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London

the Fashion and Textile Museum (FTM), London

will also host its own shoe exhibition, which chronicles the history of

celebrated British shoe label:  Rayne.

The exhibition highlights a sampling of over 100 shoe models

from the Rayne archive.

(image from vogue uk):

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Worn by Tallulah Bankhead

American actress of stage and screen from the 1920s – 1950s

(image from the designmuseum):

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Satin with jewel encrusted buckle

Founded in 1885, as a family concern

the Rayne shoe company rapidly became the popular supplier of

bespoke costume shoes for the London theatre community.

By the 1920s a selection of Rayne retail stores had opened and

in 1959 the famous flagship boutique was established at the prestigious

retail local of Old Bond Street, London

Rayne shoes became a mark of the “well – heeled” lady.

Worn by Hollywood starlets such as

Elizabeth Taylor, Vivien Leigh, Bridgette Bardot, Diana Rigg

and donned by members of the British royal family-

Rayne shoes were highly sort after footwear:

particularly given that the present British monarch

Elizabeth II wore Rayne shoes on her wedding day.

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The future Queen Elizabeth II on her wedding day

20 November 1947

The royal bride worn Rayne

(image from vogue uk):

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The actress Vivien Leigh and Mr. Rayne, 1945

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The actress Diana Riggs in Rayne boots

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Black satin pumps with jewelled heel and brooch

worn by Elizabeth Taylor

(image from the dailymail uk):

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Brown, suede plaforms worn by the Queen Mother, 1945

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‘Cleopatra sandals’

worn by Elizabeth Taylor during filming of the movie Cleopatra, 1963

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Worn by Brigette Bardot

(image from rayneshoes)

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Black/white colour story, bejewelled

circa 1950s

Throughout its prestigious history,

many noted designers including among others

Norman Hartnell, Mary Quant, Bruce Oldfled

have worked/collaborted with the Rayne label.

In 2013, the Rayne brand was relaunched

now appreciated by a new generation of fashionistas.

The exhibition at the FTM is

in recognition of  the label’s history and

in celebration of ‘the new reign’ of Rayne.

(images from rayneshoes):

The new ‘reign’ of Rayne


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red satin


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knee high boots, champagne hue, leather, embroidery


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wine colour, patent leather, grosgrain bow detail


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ankle boot, black, leather, floral embroidery

RAYNE Shoes for the Stars

The Fashion and Textile Museum, London

Until 30 August 2015

For further information on the FTM exibition, visit:


For additional details on Rayne shoes, past and present

visit the company’s website at: