Manolo Blahnik co-curates shoe exhibition with Wallace Collection
today Mar 27, 2019
A selection of Manolo Blahnik’s luxury shoes will be on display alongside 18th-century masterpieces in a new exhibition opening at the Wallace Collection in London this summer.
‘An Enquiring Mind’ will be co-curated by the famous shoe designer in collaboration with Wallace Collection director Xavier Bray to present his long-held fascination with the national museum.
Home to one of the finest collections of 18th-century French furniture and paintings in London, Wallace Collection has been described as a key source of inspiration for the designer since he started his career.
Personally selected by him from his private archives, the shoes will be on show alongside the paintings, sculpture and furniture that continue to inspire his creativity.
Each room will explore a particular theme associated with Blahnik’s work, from the theatre and spectacle of the Commedia dell’arte, to his own personal interpretation of Englishness. Some of its most distinctive styles, including the candy-coloured shoes designed for Sofia Coppola’s award-winning film Marie Antoinette and jewel-encrusted shoes inspired by the Wallace Collection’s Boudoir Cabinet.
“The Wallace Collection has been a point of reference for me since my early days in London. 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,” Manolo said in a statement.
Xavier Bray, director of the Wallace Collection, added: “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. 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 open at the Wallace Collection on 10 June and run until 1 September 2019.
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