Mr. Blahnik prides himself on being first and foremost a craftsman and a technician, and it is this aspect of his work that continues to inspire and challenge him. Every Manolo Blahnik shoe is designed by Mr. Blahnik, and each design begins life as a sketch. Over 80 of these original sketches are on display in the gallery, many alongside the shoe they would eventually become, allowing visitors a glimpse into the process that goes into making these unique works of art. His designs are driven by many sources of inspiration, including the natural world, history, personal muses, art and architecture.
The BSM was honoured to have Mr. Blahnik join over 350 people at the museum for the opening of the exhibition, which was celebrated with a party fit for shoemaking royalty. Guests had the opportunity to be among the first to see that exhibition and to meet the man whose shoes have never been more in demand - 44 years after he opened his first store in London.
Manolo Blahnik: The Art of Shoes runs at the Bata Shoe Museum until January 6th, 2019.