A book beyond the book

Manolo Blahnik: Fleeting Gestures and Obsessions

The definitive monograph of the work of the sublime shoemaker Manolo Blahnik, one of the titans of contemporary fashion.
This coffee table book provides exclusive access to never-before-seen photography of his designs, featuring more than 250 incredible iconic designs from his archives, showing us the inspiration behind his singular artistic vision.
It also focuses on Blahnik’s most powerful relationships –from Diana Vreeland to Cecil Beaton and Anna Piaggi—as well as his inspirations—including Marie Antoinette, Spanish (Almodovar) and Italian film (Luchino Visconti’s The Leopard), the works of Goya and Velázquez and the Prado Museum. This publication is a personal look into the man behind the shoes.
Manolo Blahnik is a design visionary, one of the most influential and talked-about fashion icons, who elevates each of his creations to the rank of “object of desire”: his exciting use of color, unprecedented designs, and exquisitely sculpted heels make his shoes some of the most coveted in the world. This fascinating book reveals all that and more.

Beautiful photography, exhilarating interviews and thoughtful essays by fashion writers, curators, and colleagues give readers a unique peek at Blahnik’s vivid and creativity-filled world.
Manolo Blahnik: Fleeting Gestures and Obsessions, a Rizzoli Publication, a perfect gift for shoe lovers.

PHOTO Credits: Michael Roberts

By Valentina Visigalli