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Fashion's leading shoemaker, Manolo Blahnik is one of the handful of designers whose name is synonymous with their product. His success has lasted from setting up as a shoe designer in a Chelsea boutique in the 1970s to the present day, with American Vogue's Anna Wintour declaring `The truth is, I wear no other shoes except his'.
For three decades, Manolo Blahnik's shoes have held the fashion world spellbound. His sense of the theatrical wedded to the finest materials and superlative craftsmanship inspire fanatical devotion. Diane Von Furstenberg has more than 80 pairs, Paloma Picasso has been a fan since the age of 14, and Sarah Jessica Parker, Anna Piaggi and Kate Moss, to name a few, are fellow addicts. Here, collected together are over 100 drawings that Blahnik makes at the outset of the design process. These sketches are executed with such exuberance and deftness that they have become as sought-after as the shoes themselves (they often fetch up to #10,000 at charity auctions). Introductions by Anna Wintour and Michael Roberts explore why Manolo Blahnik's shoes inspire such passion, and these are complemented throughout the book by the words of admirers, including well-known celebrities. Michael Roberts also contributes a photographic essay showing Blahnik at work in his studio, making sketches, preparing the wooden lasts and supervising the production of his shoes at his factories in Italy. A final "inspirations" section includes Blahnik's own photographs of family, friends and inspirational places.
In line with Rizzoli's important fashion titles such as Christian Louboutin and Ralph Lauren comes Manolo Blahnik. This gorgeous and luxurious volume celebrates the works and career of the great shoe designer. While other books on Manolo Blahnik...
The first comprehensive and lavishly illustrated volume to document the influences and life work of Manolo Blahnik, one of the most influential and talked-about icons in contemporary fashion. ?Featuring more than forty years of shoe design, this is...
Celebrated fashion designer ManoloBlahnik reimagines the classic "Elves and theShoemaker" fairytale, blending elements of his own life story into the fabricof the immortal "Once Upon a Time" favorite. As with Christian Lacroix and the Tale of Sleeping Beauty, and otherbooks in the Fashion Fairytale Series, ManoloBlahnik and the Tale of the Elves and the Shoemakeroffers a completely unique, never-before-seen twist on a fairytale classic.Breathtaking color illustrations by Blahnik and wordsby international bestselling author Camilla Morton embody the true magic at theheart of Manolo's real-life fairytale, in anessential volume for fans of Camille Rose Garcia's Alice's Adventures inWonderland and Daniel Egneus's Little RedRiding Hood, for fashion devotees, and for anyone in love with coutureculture.
The first comprehensive and lavishly illustrated volume to document the influences and life work of Manolo Blahnik, one of the most influential and talked-about icons in contemporary fashion. Featuring more than forty years of shoe design, this is the definitive monograph of the work of Manolo Blahnik, one of the titans of contemporary fashion. This book is a comprehensive survey of Blahnik's work and provides access to never-before-seen photography of his designs. Drawing inspiration from the worlds of architecture, art, film, and literature, Blahnik is a master of the art of the shoe. His exciting use of color, unprecedented designs, and exquisitely 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 insightful chapters devoted to Blahnik's most powerful relationships and inspirations-including Marie Antoinette, Diana Vreeland, Cecil Beaton, Spanish and Italian film, the works of Goya and Velazquez and the Prado Museum-this book is a personal look 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.
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The follow up companion to the bestselling “Manolo Blahnik Drawings”, this book presents a brand new collection of Manolo’s celebrated shoe designs. The book is organized thematically to express Manolo Blahniks interests and passions art history, architecture, film (including his renowned designs for Sofia Coppolas Marie Antoinette), theatre, and flora and fauna. An introduction by Blahnik himself is accompanied by contributions from some of the best-known names in fashion Suzy Menkes, Grace Coddington, Milena Canonero, Amy Fine Collins and Carlos Garcia Calvo each of whom provides valuable insight into the world of Manolo Blahnik. This is must-buy book for the thousands of people of who own Blahniks shoes or who wish they did.
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