Shoe designer and founder of Manolo Blahnik releases a lavishly illustrated volume to document the influences of his life work. Manolo Blahnik, one of the most influential and talked-about icons in contemporary fashion provides access to never-before-seen photography of his designs. Drawing inspiration from the worlds of architecture, art, film, and literature, Blahnik is hailed as a master of the art of the shoe. His use of color, unprecedented designs, and sculpted heels make his shoes some of the most coveted in the world. Featuring more than 250 iconic designs from his archive, the book reveals for the very first time the inspirations behind his singular artistic vision.
With chapters devoted to Blahnik’s relationships and inspirations—including Marie Antoinette, Diana Vreeland, Cecil Beaton, Spanish and Italian film, the works of Goya and Velázquez and the Prado Museum—the book is a personal reflection into the man behind the shoes. Beautiful photography and thoughtful essays by fashion writers, curators, and colleagues give readers a unique opportunity to access Blahnik’s vivid and creative-filled world.
Writing contributors include film director Pedro Almodóvar, Mary Beard, a Professor of Classics at the University of Cambridge. Sofia Coppola, an American screenwriter, director, producer, and actress. Spanish architect Rafael Moneo, André Leon Talley, former American editor-at-large for Vogue magazine and Michael Roberts, a British fashion journalist, illustrator, photographer, and film director.