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):
Worn by Tallulah Bankhead
American actress of stage and screen from the 1920s – 1950s
(image from the designmuseum):
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.
The future Queen Elizabeth II on her wedding day
20 November 1947
The royal bride worn Rayne
(image from vogue uk):
The actress Vivien Leigh and Mr. Rayne, 1945
The actress Diana Riggs in Rayne boots
Black satin pumps with jewelled heel and brooch
worn by Elizabeth Taylor
(image from the dailymail uk):
Brown, suede plaforms worn by the Queen Mother, 1945
worn by Elizabeth Taylor during filming of the movie Cleopatra, 1963
Worn by Brigette Bardot
(image from rayneshoes)
Black/white colour story, bejewelled
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
knee high boots, champagne hue, leather, embroidery
wine colour, patent leather, grosgrain bow detail
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: