Did you know that Manolo Blahnik is a self-taught shoe designer? Manolo originally studied law and literature in Switzerland and then moved to France where he studied art at the Ecole du Louvre. One of his first employments was a set designer. He dabbled in shoe design (during the 70’s) and then was encouraged by Diana Vreeland, editor of Vogue and Harpers Bazaar, to begin shoe design on a full-time basis. Blahnik opened his first store in London in 1973. He quickly developed a “signature style”—–witty and whimsical opulence!
In my opinion, Manolo Blahnik is the most famous and sought after shoe designer of our time. What do you think?