Glamorised by Carrie Bradshaw and worshipped by fashionistas the world over, Manolo Blahnik shoes are on every girl’s wish list. Deemed as works of art, Blahnik shoe lovers were able to worship his creations from up close in the exhibition Manolo Blahnik: The Art of Shoes. This exhibition showcased designs that spanned 45 years of the designer’s works. It showcased over 200 of Blahnik’s favourite shoes as well as 80 original drawings and what’s even more interesting is that this was a rotating exhibition that went around the world landing in locations that hold special meaning to the designer.
The designs on display were from the 1970’s till now, visitors were also treated to a first-hand experience of the designer’s personal and work lives. They had the luxury to see footage of the designer at work as well as have an intimate view of the designer’s infamous drawings and sketches.
If you happen to visit Toronto between May 2018 and January 2019, make sure to stop by the BATA Shoe Museum as this will be the last leg of a marvellous exhibition that celebrated a genius and an artist.
The exhibition started in Milan at the Palazzo Morando between January and April of last year. Milan was the obvious choice to start the exhibition because it was where the designer developed his craft and where all his shoe factories are located. Following Milan the exhibition moved to St. Petersburg, the State Museum Hermitage specifically, between May and July of 2017. Russia was an obvious choice since the designer was always fascinated by Russian culture and where he draws so much inspiration. If you’ve ever wondered why Blahnik’s shoes always portrayed so much extravagance and decadence, now you know where it came from.
Next came Prague, which is the paternal home of the Blahnik family, where The Art of Shoes showcased at the Museum Kampa between August and October of last year. This was followed by a stop at Madrid to showcase at the magnificent Museo Nacional de Artes Decoratives in collaboration with Vogue España from November 2017 to March 2018. The 5th and final round of the exhibition will be held at the BATA Shoe Museum in Toronto from now till January 2019 so you may want to visit Canada for your summer vacation this year.