Manolos, the most coveted among shoes, are the work of Spanish designer Manolo Blahnik, whose story is full of passion. “If God had wanted us to only wear low heels, he wouldn’t have created Manolo Blahnik.” The designer was born in Santa Cruz de la Palma in the Canary Islands in 1942 to a Czech father and Spanish mother. He and his younger sister Evangelina spent their childhood at the family banana plantation.
He graduated in literature and architecture at the university of Geneva, then went on to study art in Paris. He later moved to London, where he worked in a boutique and quickly became part of the local art scene. He landed inNew York in 1971 where heshowed his sketches and scenographies to Diana Vreeland, who wasat the timeeditor of Vogue America. She loved the sketch of an impressive shoe and told him to “Go make shoes.” His iconic Mary Jane pumps were created in 1994. The popular TV show Sex and the City later celebrated Blahnik, at first in the USA and then all around the world. Cinderella, the main reason women are so obsessed with shoes, cannot be the muse of a designer who follows “spoiled, crazy, eccentric and cold” women.
His shoes cost as much as a monthly rent, but they’re like a moving sculpture and who’s to say we couldn’t live inside a pair, with a bit of imagination. “Give a girl the right shoes and she can conquer the world,” is something Marilyn Monroe once said and it’s precisely the way Manolo Blahnik’s shoes project.
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