Kampa Museum in Prague is currently hosting the touring exhibition by the well-known master of shoes – Manolo Blahnik.
Manolo Blahnik: The Art of Shoes is an intimate retrospective spanning 45 years dedicated to work of the Spanish designer, one of the most influential figures in contemporary fashion, whose inventiveness and superb craft has managed to cross boundaries between fashion and art.
A rather interesting fact about Manolo´s personal life is that he has some Czech heritage – his Czech father lived and worked as a pharmacist in Prague before WWII. He left the country after the Nazi occupation. Manolo, now 74, grew up on the Canary Islands at a banana plantation with his father and Spanish mother, before leaving for Geneva and Paris to study law, languages and art. Manolo Blahnik opened his first boutique in London in 1973 and is currently based in the UK.The exhibition has over 200 hand-picked shoes and 80 original drawings on display, capturing the essence of Manolo Blahnik´s design DNA through his obsessions and inspirations: architecture, art, botany, literature, cinema, the Eighteen Century, Italy, Russia, Spain and many other cultural, extraordinary broad influences that fascinate him.
The careful selection of shoes includes his works from the 1970s until the present day. Many of the displayed shoe models have become famous through the film industry and the TV series, for example being worn by Carrie Bradshaw in “Sex and the City”.
The touring exhibition was staged in Milan, Italy, and in the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia. After Prague, it will move to Madrid and then to Toronto, Canada.
The exhibition is open till 12th November 2017.
This story was also published in Estonian web magazine Femme.
Manolo Blahnik is being as productive as ever with his movie “Manolo: The Boy Who Made Shoes for Lizards” having been released last month.