Prague exhibition spotlights iconic shoes of Manolo Blahnik
An exhibition dedicated to the famous shoe designer Manolo Blahnik is now on display at Prague’s Kampa Museum. Entitled Manolo Blahnik: The Art of Shoes, the exhibition explores the nearly 50-year-long career of the visionary designer. The iconic shoes, which many women know from films and TV series, such as the Sex and the City or Marie Antoinette, will be on display at the Kampa Museum until November 12.
Speaking at the opening of his exhibition, Manolo Blahnik said it actually took him some time to discover his passion for shoe-making:
“It took me about 15 years to get to understand how to make shoes. But I did have that from the beginning this incredible love for working with my hands and cutting silk. It has been a real pleasure.”
Curator Cristina Carrillo de Albornoz, together with Blahnik, selected 80 original drawings and 212 pairs of shoes out of Blahnik’s private archive, which contains more than 30,000 styles.
“Blahnik has achieved what only few artists have done. To create his own language, a style of his own, which is instantly recognizable worldwide and which has set a new tone for modern fashion. The Art of Shoes exhibition aims to go beyond fashion, exploring the most creative side of this man and we invite visitors to see shoes as mister Blahnik creates them, as artistic objects of their own.”
The section entitled Gala contains shoes made from the most expensive materials and also footwear created for Sophia Coppola’s film Marie Antoinette. The models in the Heart section are devoted to personalities who are important to the designer, such as Anna Piaggi, Brigitte Bardot or Rihanna.
From Prague it will move on to Madrid, a city close to the designer’s heart, before finally landing in the Baťa Museum in Toronto.