Who can resist a pair of exquisitely formed shoes by Manolo Blahnik? [Deep sigh] I can count myself blessed indeed that I once owned a pair. ‘What do you mean ‘once’ I hear you cry. What happened to them?! Well I confess I sold them, on ebay, simply because I had no occasion to wear them and they were too beautiful to simply sit in a box.
I did, however, photograph them for my City and Guilds Black and White Photography course (all done with film, exposures, dark rooms etc). These particular photos were from a focus on straps.
As a child I used to spend hours drawing and designing shoes so one of my favourite books is Manolo Blahnik’s drawings. There is a wonderful article about the man and his design process on Business of Fashion https://www.businessoffashion.com/articles/colins-column/colins-column-manolo-blahniks-marvellous-stories. Every shoe has a story. I love that.
I also love his shoe cupboard: “a private museum of 20,000 pairs of shoes that he has made during his career. The are all stored in special cupboards and when the doors are thrown open – the cupboards stretch across the upper rooms of two houses.” I had a shoe cupboard built into my London flat in the 1990s. It only housed about 20 pairs though, not 20,000!
I haven’t sketched any shoes for many years, so maybe it is time to pick that up again. Watch this space!! I leave you with my Wash Day Shoes from my City and Guilds final submission (all presented in a shoe box of course).