Manolo Blahnik has made no secret of his love of the Wallace Collection. He’s long been a fan of the masterpieces on show, and now fashion and art fans have the chance to see how his shoes have been inspired by the museum’s paintings, sculpture and furniture with an exhibition entitled An Enquiring Mind: Manolo Blahnik at the Wallace Collection. Each beautiful room explores a particular theme in relation to Blahnik’s work, be it Fragonard’s Swing or the opulence of a boudoir cabinet. Open from now until 1 September, this is a rare insight into the mind of one of fashion’s true greats.
The link between Blahnik’s candy-coloured slippers and Fragonard’s Swing is too clear.
The designer poses in one of the museum’s stately rooms.
The Small Drawing Room looks at how the theatre and bright costumes of the Commedia dell’Arte inspired the designer.
Blahnik has an appreciation for the ornate Boulle wardrobes that dominate the Large Drawing Room, the textures of which have influenced some of his designs on display
The beautiful shoes designed by Blahnik for Sofia Coppola’s film, Marie Antoinette, are displayed in the Oval Drawing Room. They’re seen alongside two famed romantic paintings, Fragonard’s Swing and Boucher’s Mme Pompadour, both of which evoke images of 18th century Paris.
Colour, texture and drama are all signatures of Blahnik, and here some of his creations sit next to great Western artworks including Hals’ Laughing Cavalier and Rubens’ Rainbow Landscape.
The shoes on display in the Great Gallery were personally chosen by Blahnik himself to reflect the essence of his taste and artistry.
In the Great Gallery, the most delicate and beautiful of shoes appear next to truly iconic paintings, spanning Velázquez and Rubens.