Manolo, footwear artist comes to Palazzo Morando, Milan
(26 January – 9 April 2017) with a retrospective, “Manolo Blahnik the art of shoes” showcasing 45 years of his work, curated by Cristina Carillo de Albornoz, art critic and freelance curator, working with the world’s major museums. A graduate of Paris’ Ecole des Beaux-arts, Blahnik began designing shoes thanks to Diana Vreeland, whom he met in New York and who on seeing his drawings of an ankle covered in ivy and cherries, exclaimed: “concentrate on extremities and design shoes! Do what makes you happy. Don’t think of them as shoes, but as works of art.” As always, Vreeland was right and this is reflected in the exhibition at Palazzo Morando with its masterpieces of shape and creativity. In the foreword to the catalogue, the great Spanish architect, Rafael Moneo compares Manolo’s shoes to architecture and says that he is “enchanted by the loving way they envelop the foot.” In his inauguration speech, Manolo paid tribute to Milan, a city he loves not just for the skilled master craftsmen of Vigevano, but first and foremost for the Milanese women who have inspired his work, his great friend, Anna Piaggi, and also Benedetta Barzini and Franca Sozzani to whom he dedicated the show.