Manolo Blahnik
Foreword by Anna Wintour
Thames & Hudson, New York, 2003, English
Nonfiction, Fashion Design
ISBN: 9780500284131

From the Publisher. Diane Von Furstenberg has hundreds of pairs; Paloma Picasso has been a fan since she was 14; Bianca Jagger, Anna Piaggi and Kate Moss are fellow addicts. Blahnik’s career began in 1971 when he showed his sketches to Diana Vreeland, legendary editor of American Vogue. Admiring one particularly whimsical drawing of a shoe that crept up the ankle and became entwined with ivy and cherries she said, “You should do shoes.” And so he did.

Here are over one 120 of the exuberant, color-rich sketches that Blahnik makes at the outset of the design process, executed with such verve and deftness that they have become as sought-after as the shoes themselves. Inimitable in style, beautifully reproduced in this book with special inks, they vividly convey Blahnik’s unique vision.

The foreword by Anna Wintour, Editor in Chief of American Vogue, and contributions by André Leon Talley, Michael Roberts and Anna Piaggi provide valuable insights into the man behind the shoes. These are complemented throughout the book by the comments of a host of admirers including David Bailey, Suzy Menkes, Mario Testino, and Sarah Jessica Parker.

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