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  • “Manolo Blahnik: Fleeting Gestures and Obsessions” book by Rizzoli

  • “Manolo Blahnik: Fleeting Gestures and Obsessions” book by Rizzoli

  • “Manolo Blahnik: Fleeting Gestures and Obsessions” book by Rizzoli


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Manolo Blahnik: Fleeting Gestures and Obsessions” book by Rizzoli

Rizzoli pays homage to the life and work of Manolo Blahnik, one of the most iconic shoemakers of all time, with a new book, titled “Manolo Blahnik: Fleeting Gestures and Obsessions”. The 488-page coffee table book provides a comprehensive look of the designer’s inspiration from art, literature, film and architecture, featuring more than 250 designs from his archive, along with a large selection of sketches and never-before-seen photos. The book is divided into different chapters that echo Blahnik’s obsession with his muses, from Marie Antoinette and Anna Piaggi to Paloma Picasso, Julie Christie, Monica Vitti and Brigitte Bardot, as well as his passion for painters like Zurbaran, Goya, Velazquez and Picasso, filmmakers like Antonioni and Visconti, and writers like Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa and Gore Vidal.

Blahnik was born and raised in Santa Cruz de La Palma, Canary Islands, and since a very small age he was fascinated by his mother’s love for fashion. He studied literature and architecture in the University of Geneva, followed by studies in art and set design in Paris. In 1968 he moved to London, working as a buyer at fashion boutique “Zapata”. His career began in 1970, after a decisive encounter in New York with Diane Vreeland, Vogue’s editor in chief, who, marveled by his portfolio, encouraged him to go into designing footwear. Blahnik followed her advise and soon his ultra-light, feminine stiletto heels became worldwide famous. In 1977 the designer opened his first ever boutique in the US and started distributing his shoes via Bloomingdales. In the 90’s Blahnik’s name became synonymous with fashion, with his brand being the most mentioned one in series like “Sex and the City” and his shoes becoming collector’s items.

Blahnik’s artistry in combining high-end design, premium materials and functionality has made him a living legend. His unique sense of color and proportion, as well as his remarkable ability to set his own trends, are an endless source of inspiration for a new generation of shoemakers. Rizzoli’s book provides an excellent opportunity to delve into Blahnik’s amazing world, enabling us to discover his multiple artistic references and understand what it takes to elevate a shoe design into an object of desire. “Manolo Blahnik: Fleeting Gestures and Obsessions”, featuring essays by Pedro Almodovar, Sofia Coppola, Andre Leon Talley, Rafael Moneo, Mary Beard and Michael Roberts, is now available at selected bookstores, as well as online.