Inimitable in style, the drawings, beautifully reproduced in this book with special inks, vividly convey Blahnik’s unique vision. Whether it’s a Grecian sandal designed for Galliano, with a snake-like strap slithering up the calf, or an emerald- and bead-fringed satin mule, the seductive attention to detail in the drawings conjures up the shoe itself.
Illuminating introductions by Anna Wintour and Michael Roberts explore why Manolo Blahnik’s shoes inspire such passion, and these are complemented throughout the book by the words of admirers including Suzie Menkes, Donatella Versace, and David Hockney. Michael Roberts also contributes a photographic essay showing Blahnik at work in his studio, making sketches, preparing the wooden lasts, and supervising the production of his shoes at his factories in Italy. A final “scrapbook” section includes Manolo Blahnik’s own photographs of family, friends, and inspirational places.
Divided by decade, from the 1970s to the 2000s, the collection is diverse and fun, and as documentary as a museum catalogue. It should appeal to any fashionista or design aficionado anyone with a sense of shoes as art.
— Publishers Weekly
A must-read for any Manolo maniac.
Michael Roberts is fashion editor of The New Yorker and author of, among many other books, Jungle ABC and Manolo Blahnik Drawings.
Anna Wintour is the editor of American Vogue.