British heritage brand Rayne Shoes — which has outfitted women from Marlene Dietrich to Brigitte Bardot to Queen Elizabeth II — will be in the spotlight this week at the Fashion & Textile Museum in London. The special exhibit, which opens to the public on Friday, is called “Rayne Shoes for Stars.”
More than 100 styles will be on display, showcasing the work of the brand’s designers, which have ranged from Norman Hartnell to Bruce Oldfield and Mary Quant, as well as Roger Vivier and current designer Laurence Dacade.
“The exhibition means all the world to my family & me,” said Nick Rayne, the great-grandson of company founders Henry and Mary Rayne. “It is only appropriate for Rayne to be back in the ‘limelight’ again now, given its theatrical beginnings, in a world-class fashion museum that is literally around the corner in London from where Rayne started out in 1880s.”
He continued, “Rayne shoes went on to be sold in the best ladies’ shoe shops all over the U.K. and then all over the world for many decades. We feel that the wheel of fashion has turned full circle and that now should be Rayne’s time again.”
Rayne recently relaunched the brand with a modern twist.
Alongside the exhibit, the book “Rayne Shoes for Stars” comes out in June.