Sarah Bryan

Manolo Blahnik at the Design Museum

Have you ever wanted to look into the detailed mind of a visionary shoe designer? Well if you visit the Design Museumâs exhibition of the designer Manolo Blahnik, you can see why these exquisite and elegant shoes are legendary.

After being born in the Canary Islands, Blahnik has made Geneva, Paris, London and now Milan home. His eclectic style is visible from his various travels and experiences. With no formal training, Blahnik truly is a genius who has perfected the artistic expression of his craft.

The presentation begins by examining every detail of the stages of design. From the actual sketches , which could be art alone, to the final stages of production. As you move on, the majority of the exhibit is a timeline of shoes. You can see fabulous styles from the early 1970s to current trends of Blahnik's famous stiletto. You may also look into the mind of Blahnik as examples of his inspiration are abundant.

The exhibition is concluded with a video montage of clips from Sex and the City, the programme which brought the word “Manolo's” into our vocabulary as slang for irresistibly stylish shoes.

Being coveted by everyone from Madonna to Kate Moss, Manolo Blahnik has truly created an imaginative world of refined and unique design. This exhibition is mandatory for anyone with a flair for fashion and a passion for amazing design.

Design Museum, Shad Thames, SE1
• Until Tuesday 11 May 10am-6pm
• 5.50 (conc 4)
Special joint 2-course meal & exhibition ticket offer with Conran's Blue Print Cafe

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