Manolo: The Boy Who Made Shoes for Lizards
89 min • Culture • 2017 • M
Sex and The City made Manolo Blahnik’s shoes a cultural sensation, globally sought-after and famously known on a first name basis as ‘Manolos’. A celebrated auteur and Vanity Fair’s style editor at large, Michael Roberts, reveals how Blahnik became recognised as the world’s greatest shoe designer predominantly as a result of working with his two bare hands. Growing up on a remote Spanish Canary island during the Franco era of economic austerity, Blahnik made shoes out of sweet wrappers for lizards that he caught in the garden of his family’s home. Manolo’s biography forms the backbone of the narrative while this formative experience is portrayed in an impressionistic drama. This and other stylised vignettes bring to life varied sources of inspiration and fantastical thought process motivating him to create utterly magnificent footwear. Blahnik granted Michael Roberts, total and unprecedented access to his professional realm and private domain, including the archive of 30,000 items he pristinely preserves at his home in Bath, England.