Manolo Blahnik and the Wallace Collection have partnered on an unmissable exhibition, An Enquiring Mind: Manolo Blahnik at the Wallace Collection, which opened its doors on Monday.
Co-curated by Wallace Collection Director Dr Xavier Bray and Manolo Blahnik himself, the exhibition features an array of the Spanish designer’s greatest hits, displayed amongst the masterpieces of the Wallace Collection.
Blahnik, who personally selected shoes from the private archives that document his 50-year career, has long used the Wallace Collection for inspiration and a point of a reference for his shoe designs.
“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,” said the designer in a statement.
Each room explores a particular theme associated with Blahnik’s work, from theatre and spectacle, to 18th Century Rococo style and the inspiration he has taken over the years from his native Spain, placing them alongside the paintings, sculpture and furniture that inspired his designs.
The array of footwear on display is tribute to Blahnik’s creative breadth, from the pastel coloured shoes he designed for Sofia Coppola’s award-winning film, Marie Antoinette, to the jewel-encrusted stilettos which were inspired by the diamond-mounted gold boxes and delicately painted miniatures of the Wallace Collection’s Boudoir Cabinet.
“This is an incredibly exciting opportunity to showcase the way in which the Wallace Collection has inspired one of the world’s greatest fashion minds,” says Dr Xavier Bray, Director of the Wallace Collection. “It also enables our audiences to see the collection in a new light and make connections between the many artistic disciplines to be found in the museum.”
‘An Enquiring Mind: Manolo Blahnik at the Wallace Collection’ will run until September 1, 2019. Tickets are free. For more information click here.