Two hundred and twelve pair of dreamy shoes, samples, more than 80 original sketches of Manolo Blahnik: this is the idyllic walk that the shoe design’s lovers could cover at the exhibition that celebrates the great fashion designer at Palazzo Morando in Milano, till the 9th of April.
A sort of anthological of art applied to shoes, which starts from 1971’s models till the the last line created in collaboration with Rihanna, going through the creations inspired by the art of Picasso and Goya, up to the 22 pairs of delicious shoes made for Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette. The name of Blahnik got into the imagination - and collective longing - of millions of women, thanks to Carrie, Miranda, Charlotte and Samantha, the four girlfriends and fashion victims of Sex and the City series, to became the symbol himself of feminine desire for shoes.
This exhibition starts from Milan to land at the Hermitage in Saint Petersburg, then Madrid, Prague and Canada. Milan has not been chosen by chance by Manolo Blahnik to start this international traveling exhibit. The city has been his home for 43 years, where he made many friendships like the one with the director of Vogue Italy Franca Sozzani, passed away the last december: this exhibit is in fact dedicated to her.
It’s also in Milan and in its hinterland where the eclectic designs of the stylist take shape, in the workshops of the area: choice moreover shared by many other international fashion designers that prefer the Italian artisans to give life to their exclusive creations.
Very interesting is the set-up, with the glass cases that keep both the Blahnik shoes and the ancient footwear selected from the Civiche Raccolte Storiche of Milan, other than the eighteenth-century paintings on the wall and the home statues of Palazzo Morando.
Manolo Blahnik. The Art of Shoes, is an exhibition promoted by the municipality of Milan, produced and organized by Arthemisia Group in collaboration Manolo Blahnik.
From the 26th of January to the 9th of April at Palazzo Morando-Costume Moda Immagine, via Sant’Andrea 6 in Milan.
Opening times: Tuesday – Sunday 9-13 14-17.30. Monday closed.
The ticket includes the Museum admittance: 10 € full price ticket, 8 € reduced-price ticket