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Manolo Blahnik Drawings
     

Manolo Blahnik Drawings

by Anna Wintour, Michael Roberts
 

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Here, collected together for the first time, are over one hundred exquisite drawings that Blahnik makes at the outset of the design process. These sketches are executed with such exuberance and deftness that they have become as sought after as the shoes themselves (they often fetch up to $15,000.00 at charity auctions).
Inimitable in style, the drawings,

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Here, collected together for the first time, are over one hundred exquisite drawings that Blahnik makes at the outset of the design process. These sketches are executed with such exuberance and deftness that they have become as sought after as the shoes themselves (they often fetch up to $15,000.00 at charity auctions).
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.

Editorial Reviews

Madonna
“Manolo Blahník's shoes are as good as sex...and they last longer.”
Riviera
“A must-read for any Manolo maniac.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780500288092
Publisher:
Thames & Hudson
Publication date:
06/02/2009
Edition description:
Original
Pages:
200
Product dimensions:
4.90(w) x 6.20(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

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.

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