Monday, 22 July 2019

Manolo Blahnik's An Enquiring Mind

Manolo Blahnik an enquiring mind exhibition london

Who 

Manolo Blahnik, iconic designer of contemporary luxury shoes will soon celebrate his label’s 50th anniversary. Therefore, he’s exhibiting his collection for the very first time at the Wallace Collection in Marylebone under the title “An Enquiring Mind”.

What

“An Enquiring Mind” showcases over 160 exquisite designs from Blahnik’s personal archive alongside 12 sketches. The designer who is mostly influenced and inspired by 18th-century French couture and Fragonard presents his shoe designs in juxtaposition to the art galleries treasures. You’ll see kitten-heeled mules, killer heeled ankle boots and some extravagant boots curated under glass vitrines amongst the many art treasures of the museum. 

However, all designs are magnificently delicate and elaborately embellished to underline the creativity of their master. Highlights include an intricate yellow pair of extraordinary heels in the Large Drawing Room to resemble the longings for classical, noble ideals of the Antiquity as well as black laced ankle boots to reflect the drama and excitement of the baroque era. More exhibits commemorate Marie Antoinette and celebrate the shoe as a delicate fashion item with subtle florals, sparkling gemstones or cute bow elements.
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