This unique exhibition illuminates the history of Rayne shoes; famed for elegant styles, luxurious materials and glamourous clientele including Elizabeth Taylor, Brigitte Bardot and Marlene Dietrich.
Founded by Henry and Mary Rayne in 1889 as theatrical costumiers, Rayne grew to occupy premises in London’s prestigious Mayfair, gained three Royal Warrants throughout the twentieth century and famously made HM the Queen’s 1947 wedding and 1953 coronation shoes.
This stunning display of Rayne shoes will be complemented by costume from collaborative designers to Rayne, such as Dior, Digby Morton, Sir Hardy Amies, Sir Norman Hartnell, Dame Mary Quant and Sir Bruce Oldfield.
Tullie House is honoured to be working with guest curator, fashion historian and author Michael Pick with support from Nicholas Rayne, fourth generation of the company who ensures excellence and quality in the Rayne brand today.
Rayne: Shoes for Stars by Michael Pick, published by ACC Editions, 2015 accompanies the exhibition.
Admission charges apply.
Whi not learn more about the Rayne brand in our illustrated talk with guest curator Michael Pick on Wednesday 28th March? Details of this event can be found on our website here.
Image Gallery below (clockwise from left):
Black trellis design stiletto-heeled Rayne evening shoes, c.1958 © Tracy Dolphin Collection.
Flat-soled evening sandal with gilt-metal florettes, c.1953-1954 © Rayne Archive.
Sir Edward Rayne in his Bond Street showroom, c.1955 © Rayne Archive.
Rayne steel blue-grey low court shoes with peep toes, c. 1952-1954 © Tracy Dolphin Collection.
Tan peep-toe high heeled pumps with discreet trim, date unknown © Michael Pick Collection.