I adore Manolo Blahnik. A shoe artisan, he creates wearable works of art for your feet. Netflix is currently airing the documentary Manolo: The Boy Who Made Shoes for Lizards. Mr. Blahnik’s endearing personality makes him so much fun to watch. Aside from the artist, one of the best parts of the documentary is the animation sprinkled throughout.
For true shoe lovers the Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto, Canada currently has an exhibit running thru January 6, 2019 called Manolo Blahnik, The Art of Shoes. Try to get there if you can. Click on the link at Bata Shoe Museum above for more info. It is a traveling show so be on the lookout for future venues if Canada is out of reach.
A custom pair of boots he created for a friend. I want friends who’ll make me fabulous shoes!
Here is a link to his website for further perusal Manolo Blahnik
Each new shoe design starts with a watercolor drawing. The drawings are beautiful pieces of art.
Mr. Blahnik’s involvement in the movie Marie Antoinette is discussed in the documentary. The director reached out to him to design period shoes for the movie. It just so happens Netflix is also airing Marie Antoinette now. If you haven’t seen it yet, I recommend you do for the visual feast of fashion, interiors, and confectionary.
From drawing to finished product.
A favorite, local Dallas artist, Ginger Fox, painted Marie Antoinette in a famous scene from the movie. As soon as I saw the painting I had to have it. Unfortunately, someone else beat me to it. If I’m being honest, I really didn’t have a wall large enough to put it on and it wasn’t to my husband’s taste anyway. I was able to order a small size print from the gallery though. I don’t have plans to frame it right now. I often collect images and display them on my desk or around my home, unframed, to enjoy. Doing so creates an ever changing gallery of my own.
For art lovers, shoe lovers, history lovers, cinema lovers, and on I hope this post feeds your sole.