Indulge in the ultimate window shopping experience at the Rayne Shoes for Stars exhibition at the Fashion and Textile Museum. The exhibition, which starts today and runs until 30 August, showcases the stunning shoes created by the British Rayne brand, whose illustrious clientele included Queen Elizabeth II and Brigitte Bardot. Whether you are fashionista with a serious shoe addiction or just a lover of fine design, it’s a show not to be missed.
The collection: an overview
Rayne is a firm part of the British establishment. Since it started production in 1885, the beloved footwear brand has received three royal warrants. However, it’s not just high-ranking royals that favour the esteemed label; Rayne has also drawn a diverse range of glamorous patrons over the years, including Marlene Dietrich and Vivien Leigh.
A host of renowned designers have also crafted shoes for the pedigreed brand. More than 100 pairs are featured in the exhibit, so you will get a great flavour of the kind of designs that have been produced. Big names like Mary Quant and Bruce Oldfield are responsible for these show creations, so go along to see their handiwork up close. French designer Laurence Dacade is now designing for Rayne and the exhibition will include shoes he has masterminded too.
Look and listen
Several different events will be happening throughout the course of the show, helping you to learn more about Rayne. Combine your visit to the exhibition with the Life on Foot: Fashion Heritage Walking Tour on 6 June. Discover the products created in the area and see Camper shoes at the Design Museum.
Another highlight of the accompanying programme is the evening tour on 9 July. The tour will be led by Nick Rayne, great grandson of the brand founders, and an expert curator who will tell you about the evolution of Rayne. This event is included as part of the ticket price, but be sure to reserve your seat beforehand as there are only 20 places.
A bonus exhibit
Admission for Rayne Shoes for Stars also includes entrance to the Riviera Style Resort & Swimwear since 1900 exhibition at the Fashion and Textile Museum. See examples of classic beach style from around the world, including sarongs and palazzo trousers. The items range in origin from the United Kingdom to California and they span more than a century.
The journey from Strand Palace Hotel to the Fashion and Textile Museum is quick and convenient. Just take the Tube from nearby Charing Cross station to Waterloo, then switch to the Waterloo Line for London Bridge. From there, it is just ten minutes’ walk to the museum. Alternatively, take the number 1 bus from outside Somerset House. The bus stop is less than 5 minutes’ walk from Strand Palace Hotel.
Heading to Rayne Shoes for Stars and looking for a hotel near central London? Strand Palace Hotel is in a fantastic location, with the shopping and sightseeing hub of Covent Garden just a 3-minute walk away.
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