An Enquiring Mind: Manolo Blahnik

This breathtaking pairing of Manolo Blahnik's shoes with historical artworks is a dream come true and the exhibition at the Wallace Collection has now been extended until 27th October 2019! #wallacecollection #manoloblahnik #shoedesigner #fashioninspo #artmeetsfashion #londonexhibition #kikascharm #shoes #sofiacoppola #marieantoinette #londonmuseum

This is definitely one hell of an exhibition to visit, for any art lover or fashionista, so I wanted to make sure to talk about it with you before it closes. Luckily, they have extended the duration of this fantastic exhibit. Not only is it very central (situated behind Selfridges), but it's free and you don't even need to book in advance! I'll just let you marvel at those beautiful photos below.

The Wallace Collection is a beautiful building full of unique artworks that opened to the public back in 1900, so as you can imagine, it's already splendid on it's own, but with the new addition of breathtaking shoes made by Manolo Blank himself, it's truly a pairing made in heaven. Especially since the shoes have been hand-picked to match the art on the walls.

There are more than 150 of Blahnik's exquisite designs to be found in this exhibition, alongside pieces including my absolute favourite - Jean-Honoré Fragonard’s 1767 iconic The Swing painting.

The museum wanted to create:

A dialogue between the old and the new, the art and the craft, the real and the fantasy.

While also highlighting the aesthetic shared between the collection’s baroque masterpieces and Blahnik’s very own decadent artistry and craftsmanship. I think it's a fabulous idea, as it feels like walking through a dream. Truly divine and the whole experience fuels you with inspiration and creativity.

One of the absolute highlights is the display of candy-coloured shoes that Blahnik designed for Sofia Coppola’s 2006 film Marie Antoinette in the Oval Drawing Room (make sure you click right on the above photo gallery to see all of my pictures). These are showcased alongside two famed romantic paintings, Fragonard's The Swing and Boucher's Mme Pompadour. This is also the only room where the shoes are shown in pairs, as curator Bray states, it is because they are “couples” in keeping with the love and passion theme of 18th century Paris that is evoked through the art. How beautiful is that?

I think it's best to leave you with a quote from the master of shoes himself:

“I have been coming here for over 49 years. I’ve always been mad for little bows, ribbons and satins”

says 76-year-old Blahnik of the shoes and clothes depicted in oil.

Make sure you visit this beautiful sanctuary of fashion and art in central London.


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