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Manolo Blahnik


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Manolo Blahnik is a Spanish fashion designer and founder of the self-named, high-end shoe brand. In the 1970s, when chunky platform shoes and boots were the mainstream footwear styling of the day, Blahnik turned back his attention to the stiletto heel, which has remained the brand's mainstay to this day. Manolo Blahnik shoes have rapidly become a symbol of pure classical style for the 21st century. Blahnik was elevated to the International Best Dressed List Hall of Fame in 1987. In 2007 Blahnik was appointed as an honorary Commander of the Most Excellent Order British Empire for his service to the British fashion industry. Andre Leon Talley is the former American editor-at-large for Vogue magazine. Sofia Coppola is an American screenwriter, director, producer and actress. Pedro Almodovar is a Spanish film director, screenwriter and producer and a successful and internationally known filmmaker. Michael Roberts is a British fashion journalist and photographer. Mary Beard is a classics professor at the University of Cambridge. Rafael Moneo is a Spanish architect.


"Manolo Blahnik has developed a marvelous habit when it comes to storytelling . . . Each section of the book blends inspirations - a person, like Blahnik's late confidante Anna Piaggi, or a place, like El Caribe - with photographs of shoe designs they influenced, many of them shot by the designer's longtime friend and collaborator, Michael Roberts. . . All in all: Perfection!"

"A fascinating look into the mind of a passionately creative person, Fleeting Gestures and Obsessions is a gorgeous new tome that chronicles the myriad inspirations of the sublime shoemaker Manolo Blahnik."

"Manolo Blahnik is a master shoe craftsman and design visionary - all women know this fact. But Manolo Blahnik: Fleeting Gestures and Obsessions
gives us more than just a glance into his impressive shoe collections through the years
, which features more than 250 designs. The book also shows us how the man behind the iconic luxury brand works and how his work and inspirations evolved through the years."

"A compendium of esoteric, exhilarating conversations between Blahnik and everyone from a Cambridge classicist and a Prado curator to Pedro Almodovar and Sofia Coppola. In the course of these meandering dialogues, Blahnik marvels at the fragility of Caligula's pearl-studded sandals, fixates on such art-historical minutiae as the toenails in Velasquez's Apollo in the Forge of Vulcan, judges the naked feet of Alain Delon in Purple Noon to be 'divine,' and grows delirious gazing at the original manuscript of Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa's The Leopard, his favorite novel."

"Here's a gift for shoe lovers that will fit perfectly: a sumptuous coffee table book featuring a detailed pictorial of over four decades of haute heels and swanky stilettos from shoemaker extraordinaire, Manolo Blahnik. . . With a foreword written by the master himself, this book is so gorgeous it might require an upgrade to a coffee table worthy of its pages."

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