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Manolo Blahník, Suzy Menkes

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'Page after page of zesty, vibrant and beautiful shoe sketches by the inimitable designer Manolo Blahník … delicious' Easy Living


Manolo Blahník's name has become synonymous with beautifully crafted, highly desirable theatrical shoes that ooze originality, style and exuberance. For four decades his unique vision has held the fashion world spellbound. His design process begins with colour-rich sketches that are so finely executed they are as sought-after as the shoes themselves. Here you can peruse over 150 of these witty, seductive drawings.

The book is organized thematically to express Blahník's interests and passions - art history, architecture, film, including his renowned designs for Sofia Coppola's film Marie Antoinette, theatre and flora and fauna.

An introduction by Blahník himself is accompanied by contributions from some of the best-known names in fashion: Suzy Menkes, Fashion Editor of the International Herald Tribune; Grace Coddington, Creative Director at American Vogue; Carlos García Calvo, Fashion Editor of El Mundo; Milena Canonero, who won her third Oscar for her costume design for Sofia Coppola's Marie Antoinette, and Amy Fine Collins, Special Correspondent to Vanity Fair. Each provides a valuable insight into the world of Manolo Blahník.

As André Leon Talley, the Editor at Large at American Vogue, has said of Manolo Blahník, 'He captures the most powerful of emotions: desire.'

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'Exquisite design sketches … Blahník’s richly coloured drawings are often exuberantly exaggerated - hyper-arched with impossibly thin heels - which add to the sense of magic that imbues his designs … Presented here on a grand scale'

'Sketches, photographs of the sometimes gravity-defying heels and insights into his inspirations'

'A glorious book for shoe addicts'

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Product Information

Book Details

Format: Paperback with flaps

Size: 29.6 x 23.0 cm

Extent: 200 pp

Illustrations: 170

Publication date: 6 September 2010

ISBN: 9780500288856

Contents List

Introduction by Manolo Blahník • Foreword by Suzy Menkes • Africa • Pleats • Words by Grace Coddington • Spain • The Spanish Side of Manolo Blahník by Carlos García- Calvo • Form • Structure • Equestrian • Nature • Botany • Marie Antoinette with Words by Milena Canonero • Classic • Theatrical • Words by Amy Fine Collins • Rome and Greece • Russia • Urban • Modernist • Christmas

About the Author

Manolo Blahník has been designing shoes since 1971 and has received many prestigious awards, including the British Council’s ‘Accessory Designer of the Year’ in 1990 and 1999.

Suzy Menkes is the international editor of Vogue.

List of Contributors

Manolo Blahnik, Suzy Menkes, Grace Coddington, Carlos Garcia Calvo, Milena Canonero, Amy Fine Collins