Monday, October 26, 2009

Did you know that....

Manolo Blahnik, the king of shoes, was born in Santa Cruz de La Palma, on the Canaries, studied in Geneva and moved to Paris to continue with his studies while working in a vintage shop? He then moved to London, where he designed his first models for a shop named "Zapata", which he buys during the 70s, and that the same shop became his first store?

Who convinced him to design shoes? That seemed to have been Diana Vreeland, chief editor of Vogue USA, who in 1965, after having seen some of the drafts he had done for clothes, advised him to start designing shoes.

Blahnik is now a myth, and part of his huge success is due to Sex and The City, which made him famous all around the world.
In 2003, his shoes were exposed at the Design Museum of London. He also signed interesting collaborations with Carolina Herrera, Calvin Klein and John Galliano, who in 1997 commissioned his shoes for his first couture collection for Dior.

His work is estimated in the whole globe.

Source: Sonia Tiffany Grispo, The Little Pink Book: Scarpe, Hong Kong: Astraea ed., 2008.

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