Manolo Blahnik: Toronto Shoe Exhibit

The Bata Shoe Museum announced the opening of the highly anticipated travelling exhibition MANOLO BLAHNIK: THE ART OF SHOES, a stunning retrospective by one of the world’s most influential figures within the fashion industry.
After being showcased internationally at venues in Milan, St. Petersburg, Prague and Madrid, between May 16, 2018 through January 6, 2019, Toronto is excited to host the final and only North American stop on this world-class tour.

Highlights include: Iconic footwear from the early 1970s to today, exclusive footage of the artist at work, rare examples of Blahnik’s celebrated drawings and sketches and the exquisite collection of Marie Antoinette shoes, created for Sofia Coppola’s 2006 film Marie Antoinette.

Mr. Manolo Blahnik at the opening of “Manolo Blahnik: The Art of Shoes” exhibition at the Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto. (Photo Ryan Emberley) (CNW Group/Bata Shoe Museum)

For over 45 years, Blahnik’s inventiveness and superb artisanship has crossed boundaries between fashion and art, inspiring elegance and perfection. The underlying theme of the exhibition – that shoes are art – aligns perfectly with Blahnik’s own approach to creating footwear. Using architectural and sculptural lines within his work, Blahnik exquisitely captures the imagination, transforming an everyday accessory into masterpieces of contemporary design.

Suntaxa Shoe, 2013 Collection, Manolo Blahnik (CNW Group/Bata Shoe Museum)

Blahnik, along with the exhibition’s guest curator Dr. Cristina Carrillo de Albornoz, have hand-selected over 200 shoes and 80 original drawings to display that seamlessly reflect his personal journey, inspirations and achievements, collected over four decades. Visitors will discover how architecture, art, botany, literature, cinema and how countries from around the world have played a pivotal role in his designs.

Sketch by Manolo Blahnik, Carmencita, 2002 Collection. (CNW Group/Bata Shoe Museum)

To complement the exhibition, the museum is also presenting Exclusively Manolo, a series of rich programming celebrating the exhibition, including exclusive tours, workshops and a film series. Visitors may also purchase an accompanying fully illustrated catalogue published by Skira/Rizzoli, written by Albornoz, based on extensive conversations with Blahnik.

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