The Art of Shoes

Manolo Blahnik: The Art of Shoes is an intimate, thematic, curated collection spanning 45 years of work by Manolo Blahnik.

There are five shoes in a row. The first shoe is in the foreground and the remaining shoes are behind it.
A pair of pink shoes designed for Sofia Coppola’s film Marie Antoinette, next to an ornate pink clock.

Curated by Dr. Cristina Carrillo de Albornoz, the exhibition provides an insight into Manolo’s private archive, together they hand selected over 200 shoes and 80 original drawings as a personal reflection of his work capturing the essence of his design DNA through his obsessions and inspirations.

The exhibition opened back in January 2017 at the Palazzo Morando in Milan and has been globe-trotting ever since. After Milan, came the prestigious Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, quickly followed by Manolo’s paternal homeland Prague, Czech Republic. Then in November 2017, the exhibition travelled to Madrid, where the exhibition saw record crowds attend!! The exhibition has since crossed over to The Bata Shoe museum, Toronto, Canada, which is open until January 6th 2019.

The Art of Shoes Exhibtion. A knee high shoe with brown tassels (which go from the knee to foot) is attached to the wall.
Inside the Art of Shoes Exhibition. An ornate vase is in a glass vitrine, surrounded by shoes.

The exhibition starts at the beginning, displaying Manolo’s early work from the 1970’s it then journey’s all the way through to modern day. There are many treasures in the exhibition including the exquisite shoes which Manolo created for Sofia Coppola’s film Marie Antoinette. The exhibition also highlights the key themes that Manolo finds endless inspiration from, the botanical references from his childhood in the Canary Islands, his architectural influences, the aristocratic elegance of Russia all the way to the exotic wonder of Africa.

So, what are you waiting for? Step over to Manolo Blahnik: The Art of Shoes and discover the world of Manolo.

For further ticket information please visit the Bata Shoe Museum website.

A yellow high heeled mule on show at the exhibition. Behind the shoe, on the wall is the original sketch.
The glass vitrine with vase is to the left. Five sketches are hung on the wall.