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Manolo Blahník Drawings

Anna Wintour, André Leon Talley

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The first book to showcase Manolo Blahnik's exquisite drawings of his celebrated shoe designs


Manolo Blahnik's shoes inspire fanatical devotion. Diane Von Furstenberg has hundreds of pairs; Paloma Picasso has been a fan since she was fourteen; Bianca Jagger, Anna Piaggi and Kate Moss are fellow addicts. His career begin in 1971 when he showed his sketches to Diana Vreeland, legendary editor of American Vogue. Admiring one particularly whimsical drawing of a shoe that crept up the ankle and became entwined with ivy and cherries she said, ‘You should do shoes.’ And so he did.

Here are over one hundred and twenty of the exuberant, colour-rich sketches that Blahník makes at the outset of the design process, executed with such verve and deftness that they have become as sought-after as the shoes themselves. Inimitable in style, beautifully reproduced in this book with special inks, they vividly convey Blahník’s unique vision.

The foreword by Anna Wintour, Editor in Chief of American Vogue, and contributions by André Leon Talley, Editor at Large of American Vogue, Michael Roberts, Fashion Editor of The New Yorker, and Anna Piaggi, Creative Consultant of Italian Vogue, provide valuable insights into the man behind the shoes. These are complemented throughout the book by the comments of a host of admirers including David Bailey, Suzy Menkes, Mario Testino and Sarah Jessica Parker.

For anyone who has ever coveted a pair of ‘Manolos’, or indeed has the slightest interest in fashion or draughtsmanship, this book is destined to become a classic.

Product Information

Book Details

Format: Paperback with flaps

Size: 29.6 x 23.0 cm

Extent: 200 pp

Illustrations: 134

Publication date: 1 February 2003

ISBN: 9780500284131

About the Author

Anna Wintour is the editor of American Vogue.

André Leon Talley was a former editor-at-large of American Vogue.

List of Contributors

Anna Wintour, André Leon Talley, Michael Roberts, Anna Piaggi