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Manolo Blahnik: Fleeting Gestures and Obsessions Hardcover – Sep 8 2015

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 488 pages
  • Publisher: Rizzoli; Deluxe Slipcased Edition edition (Sept. 8 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0847846180
  • ISBN-13: 978-0847846184
  • Product Dimensions: 26.1 x 5.3 x 34.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 4.4 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #488,771 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Manolo Blahnik has developed a marvelous habit when it comes to storytelling . . . Each section of the book blends inspirations - a person, like Blahnik's late confidante Anna Piaggi, or a place, like El Caribe - with photographs of shoe designs they influenced, many of them shot by the designer's longtime friend and collaborator, Michael Roberts. . . All in all: Perfection!" 

"A fascinating look into the mind of a passionately creative person, Fleeting Gestures and Obsessions is a gorgeous new tome that chronicles the myriad inspirations of the sublime shoemaker Manolo Blahnik."

"Manolo Blahnik is a master shoe craftsman and design visionary - all women know this fact. But Manolo Blahnik: Fleeting Gestures and Obsessions gives us more than just a glance into his impressive shoe collections through the years, which features more than 250 designs. The book also shows us how the man behind the iconic luxury brand works and how his work and inspirations evolved through the years." 
"A compendium of esoteric, exhilarating conversations between Blahnik and everyone from a Cambridge classicist and a Prado curator to Pedro Almodovar and Sofia Coppola. In the course of these meandering dialogues, Blahnik marvels at the fragility of Caligula's pearl-studded sandals, fixates on such art-historical minutiae as the toenails in Velasquez's Apollo in the Forge of Vulcan, judges the naked feet of Alain Delon in Purple Noon to be 'divine,' and grows delirious gazing at the original manuscript of Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa's The Leopard, his favorite novel." 

"Here's a gift for shoe lovers that will fit perfectly: a sumptuous coffee table book featuring a detailed pictorial of over four decades of haute heels and swanky stilettos from shoemaker extraordinaire, Manolo Blahnik. . . With a foreword written by the master himself, this book is so gorgeous it might require an upgrade to a coffee table worthy of its pages." 


About the Author

Manolo Blahnik is a shoe designer and founder of his eponymous shoe brand. Pedro Almodóvar is a film director. Mary Beard is a Professor of Classics at the University of Cambridge. Sofia Coppola is an American screenwriter, director, producer, and actress. Rafael Moneo is a Spanish architect. André Leon Talley is the former American editor-at-large for Vogue magazine. Michael Roberts is a British fashion journalist, illustrator, photographer, and film director.

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The photography of Manolo's shoes in this book is horrific! I have no idea how this was allowed. The mis-en-scene chosen for all the artifact photography detracts from the beauty of the shoes. It's simply wrong and looks like it was done in the late 80s. I could not even bring myself to start reading it. I am surprised Manolo allowed for this!

Luckily Amazon allows for hassle free returns, which I did immediately after opening this book.
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Very interesting book with beautiful pictures for shoe addicts and others
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5.0 out of 5 stars Totally Delicious March 15 2016
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A visually sumptuous book. Great photography and interview transcripts highlighting a fabulous career.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An absolute Pleasure of a book! Nov. 4 2015
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Wonderfully documented, illustrated and comprehensive review of the career of a unique designer. A pleasure to add to any library!