It is fitting that the designer's first major exhibition is to be held in London. As a long-term resident of the capital, Blahnik once told us, 'I love England. My obsession has always been London – since I was a child', citing Charles Dickens and Enid Blyton as the quintessentially British forces that shape jolly memories of his childhood.
© Jason Hughes
The exhibition, opening on 10 June, will feature a personally selected edit of shoe designs from Blahnik’s private archives set amongst the masterpieces of the Wallace Collection.
Blahnik – an art and culture enthusiast himself – has long been a devoted supporter of the Wallace Collection, and the placing of his designs amongst paintings, sculpture and furniture that inspired him will make for an interesting, fresh dialogue.
'The Wallace Collection has been a point of reference for me since my early days in London. It was – and remains – one of my favourite museums with the most refined selection of art. I am incredibly humbled and honoured to be a part of the project and have my work displayed at the museum.'
Left: Jean-Honoré Fragonard, Les hasards heureux de, l'escarpolette (The Swing), France, c. 1767 – 1768 © The Wallace Collection, Right: ANTOINETTA, © Manolo Blahnik
Within each room a particular theme will be explored, spanning the theatre and spectacle of the Commedia dell’arte, the fashions inspired by Blahnik’s native Spain, 18th-century Rococo style, his own personal interpretation of Englishness and plenty more. We can also expect everything from the candy-coloured shoes that captured hearts in Sofia Coppola's Marie Antoinette, to the jewel-encrusted slippers which speak to the diamond-mounted gold boxes and delicately painted miniatures of the Wallace Collection’s Boudoir Cabinet.
Read our interview with Manolo Blahnik here
|What||An Enquiring Mind: Manolo Blahnik, Wallace Collection|
|Where||The Wallace Collection, Hertford House, Manchester Square, London, W1U 3BN | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Bond Street (underground)|
10 Jun 19 – 01 Sep 19, Check website for daily opening
|Website||Click here for more information and tickets|