An Enquiring Mind: Manolo Blahnik at The Wallace Collection

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Let's take things down a more civilised alley now shall we and talk about an exhibition I visited over the weekend (and basically have not stopped talking about since). The Manolo Blahnik exhibition at Marlybone's The Wallace Collection has been on my list for what feels like an eternity now and it really did not disappoint. Spanning across 15 rooms, the exhibition guides us through different rooms, which pairs Sir Richard Wallaces collection of 18th century art pieces which were influences for Blahniks shoe designs. The exhibition features hundreds of pairs of shoes in a setting that honestly blew my mind. Not being a girl that particularly is a regular to museums, I could not recommend a visit here enough (and it was free.. what more do you need?!)

Having not heard anything about The Wallace Collection previously (I know, what an uncultured swine) I was open-minded about what to expect. But, being the Fashion (Marketing) student I am, I thought, with a little free time over the weekend, an exhibition on such a famous shoe designer, should be something to attend. The museum, upon entering, is like stepping into a grand stately home (in the middle of London). The exhibition, on the first floor means walking up a grand staircase that looks like something straight out of Buckingham Palace. 

Once on the first floor, each room you walk through features an endless display of paintings  with it being obvious what influences were take when designing the shoes, as pairs of Blahniks designs are displayed in glass cases, so you get the chance to really examine each pair. 

The highlight for me was definitely the Great Gallery (pictured below), with its red walls and endless displays of shoes. The room was stunning and took my breath away a little.

Overall, I cannot recommend this exhibition enough, its visually stunning and for anyone who cares for Fashion needs to see this display! The building itself is a spectacle without Blahniks shoe displays, but they only added to the beautiful decor. For an exhibition that was absolutely free of charge, it definitely is a case if 'if you visit one exhibition this summer...'

An Enquiring Mind: Manolo Blahnik at The Wallace Collection 10 June - 1 September

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