Manolo The Boy Who Made Shoes For Lizards

Manolo Blahnik, one of the most influential and talked-about icons in contemporary fashion, has been the subject of a documentary feature film MANOLO: The Boy Who Made Shoes For Lizards, directed by close friend of the house and industry expert Michael Roberts and is out today in theaters for everyone to enjoy.

MANOLO: The Boy Who Made Shoes For Lizards is an in-depth biopic of the man who is regarded as a genius by some of the most revered figures in fashion. A behind-the- scenes peek into his whimsical world; a must see for anyone who has ever looked longingly at a pair of his shoes – famously known on a first name basis as ‘Manolos’.

The film is produced by UK independent producer Nevision. Producers are Neil Zeiger, Gillian Mosely and Bronwyn Cosgrave. Line Producer is Zoe Loizou and the Executive Producers are James Cabourne, Tiggy Maconochie, Ralph Shandilya and Anne Morrison.

Roberts said: “Having known Manolo for over 45 years, I can say he is a multifaceted intellectual and romantic whose engaging mind and ingenious work is made for entertaining cinema.”

The film feature’s a ‘who’s who’ list of some of the most notable figures in the fashion and entertainment worlds including Anna Wintour, André Leon Talley, Paloma Picasso, Charlotte Olympia, Iman, Rihanna, Naomi Campbell, John Galliano, Sofia Coppola, David Bailey, Isaac Mizrahi, Joan Burstein, Mary Beard, Colin McDowell, Penelope Tree, Gioacchino Lanza Tomasi, Rupert Everett, Karlie Kloss and of course Manolo Blahnik himself.

The documentary comes at a pivotal time for Manolo Blahnik, whose house continues to flourish. The Couture Council Artistry of Fashion honored Blahnik with an award at the Lincoln Center in New York City in 2015. Blahnik received the award as a result of his longstanding dedication to superior craftsmanship and innovative design.

In January 2017, the exhibition The Art of Shoes; an intimate retrospective, launched at the Palazzo Morando in Milan; a fashion capital and home to the factories where Manolo Blahnik shoes are brought to life. This consists of 212 shoes and 80 original drawings which are displayed as a personal reflection of his work, capturing his design essence through his passions and inspirations: architecture, art, botany, literature, cinema, the Eighteenth Century, Italy, Russia, Spain and many other cultural influences that fascinate him. The exhibition then moved to the world-renowned State Museum Hermitage in St. Petersburg Russia, a source of constant inspiration for Mr. Blahnik. From there on to The Czech Republic, the paternal home of the Blahnik family where the exhibition will show at Museum Kampa in Prague, followed by the Museo Nacional de Artes Decorativas in Madrid, Spain, Mr. Blahnik’s heart land. In 2018 the tour then jumps to the esteemed BATA shoe museum in Toronto, Canada.

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