FREE* A Short history of Rayne Shoes

Friday 13 November / 11.30am

Following the popular Rayne Shoes for Stars display at the Museum this summer, author Michael Pick returns to reprise his popular talk on the history of the company.

Rayne opened doors in 1885 as a theatrical shoemaker gracing the feet of London’s leading actors and dancers. The business evolved to become a favourite of Britain’s great and good and, by the 1950s, everyone who was anyone wore Rayne shoes. Many members of the Royal Family became customers and in 1947 Her Majesty The Queen chose to wear Rayne shoes for her wedding to Prince Philip, and remained loyal to the company for years.

The flagship shop in Old Bond Street attracted some of Hollywood’s greatest actresses, such as Elizabeth Taylor, Vivien Leigh and Marlene Dietrich as well as society ladies. Designers for Rayne included Perugia, Roger Vivier, Mary Quant, Jean Muir, and the ‘Fashion Knights’ Sir Norman Hartnell, and Sir Hardy Amies. In the 1970s, Bill Gibb designed collections for Rayne, and they supplied the shoes for several leading French couturiers houses such as Lanvin and Nina Ricci. In the 1980s Bruce Oldfield designed collections for them.

Michael Pick is the author of RAYNE Shoes for Stars. His other books include Hardy Amies and Be Dazzled: Norman Hartnell, Sixty Years of Glamour and Fashion.

*Free talk with exhibition ticket booked below. Not valid with any other offer.
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Exhibition tickets: £9 adults / £7 concessions / £6 students
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Image: Rayne shoes (detail). Photograph by Caradog Williams, British Vogue March 1958 © The Condé Nast Publications Ltd.

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