Manolo: The Boy Who Made Shoes for Lizards

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Release Country:
UK and Ireland
Release Date:
29 September 2017
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Regarded as a genius by some of the most revered figures in fashion, Manolo: The Boy Who Made Shoes for Lizards presents a behind-the-scenes look at the designer’s world. It features a ‘who’s who’ of the fashion and entertainment worlds including Anna Wintour, Rihanna, Paloma Picasso, Iman, Naomi Campbell, Rupert Everett, Karlie Kloss, Isaac Mizrahi, and André Leon Talley.

The film charts the designer’s early life, his passion for drawing and fashion as a schoolboy and the interest in nature and plants that would influence his later work. Mr Blahnik left the Canary Islands for Paris and eventually moved to London in 1971, where he fell in love with Chelsea’s bohemian art scene, befriended Bianca Jagger, opened his first shoe shop and decided that shoes were his destiny.

Manolo: The Boy Who Made Shoes for Lizards is the directorial debut of British fashion journalist Michael Roberts who has held positions at The Sunday Times (Fashion Editor), Tatler (Style and Art Director), British Vogue (Design Director), The New Yorker (Fashion Director) and Vanity Fair (Fashion and Style Editor). 

Manolo trailer

“A film that will satisfy the craving for visual perfection inside us all.” I-D

"Get to know the designer behind some of the world's most coveted shoes." Elle