Opening in September, Manolo: The Boy Who Made Shoes for Lizards is a film that follows the journey of footwear designer extraordinaire Manolo Blahnik, from his childhood in the Canary Islands to achieving global success. His designs are celebrated the world over and this biopic offers an in-depth behind-the- scenes insight into his whimsical world.
The film is directed by Blahnik’s close friend and fashion industry expert Michael Roberts, who says that, ‘having known Manolo for over 45 years, I can say he is a multifaceted intellectual and romantic whose engaging mind and ingenious work is made for entertaining cinema.’
With a career spanning 45 years, Manolo Blahnik is one of the world’s most influential footwear designers. His creations have garnered his eponymous brand an adoring and loyal following around the world. A craftsman by trade, Blahnik visits his Milan factories every season and the designer says he is unapologetically outspoken in his feedback and passionate about his work. ‘My joy in life is spending time in the factories, you see. It is quite sad to say that, but this is the only thing I love,’ he says.
The film features a who’s who list of appearances from some of the most notable figures in the worlds of fashion and entertainment, including Anna Wintour, André Leon Talley, Paloma Picasso, Charlotte Olympia, Iman, Rihanna, Naomi Campbell, John Galliano and Sofia Coppola. In a series of interviews, Spanish-born Blahnik reveals that, as a boy, he made tiny shoes for lizards out of sweet wrappers, hence the title of the film.
Manolo: The Boy Who Made Shoes for Lizards will premier in New York and Los Angeles on 15 September. It will then have a limited release in major global cities throughout September and October.