“Growing up, I always thought art was a drawing, a painting or a piece of work that was made from scratch, through creativity. Fashion follows through all the same steps and doesn’t get half as much appreciation,” said fashion writer and critic, Alyssa Cook. One designer that’s challenging this very idea that fashion and art are less like siblings and more like distant relatives, is industry legend, Manolo Blahnik, the founder of the eponymous high-end shoe brand.
A keen appreciator of art, his signature designs can now be seen and enjoyed by like minds from all around the world, in one of London’s most prestigious museums, the Wallace Collection. From the 10th of June, to 1st of September 2019, an exhibition titled ‘An Enquiring Mind: Manolo Blahnik at the Wallace Collection’ will be showcased, featuring a carefully and personally selected edit of shoe designs from Blahnik’s private archives, amongst other masterpieces of the Wallace Collection. What’s better? This experience will be free and require no pre-booking.
See some of the showpieces that will be displayed: