Manolo Blahnik: The Art of Shoes

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Manolo Blahnik at the Bata Shoe Museum

The amazing Spanish shoe designer, Manolo Blahnik, is now in Toronto for his final stop of the travelling exhibiton, Manolo Blahnik: The Art of Shoes! After visits in Milan, Saint Petersburg, Prague and Madrid, the retrospective exhibit is making its only North American stop at the Bata Shoe Museum. The exhibition opened to the public on May 16th, 2018 and runs through until January 6th, 2019.

For over 45 years, Manolo Blahnik’s creativity has labeled his inventions as somewhere between fashion and art. Mr. Blahnik will be showcasing his designs from the early 1970’s to modern day. The exhibit explores 200 of Mr. Blahnik’s famed, elegant designs, including the heels he created for the 2006 film, Marie Antoinette. The show will also include 80 original drawings, video footage of Mr. Blahnik at work, and a glimpse into his creative process.

In the lead up to the opening, a press preview was held on May 15th to introduce Mr. Blahnik and his exhibition to Canadian media, providing interviews and a sneak peak into the gallery. A gala was also held that evening to celebrate the opening of the retrospective in Toronto and the end of its global tour. Mr. Blahnik arrived with his sister, Evangeline Blahnik, and his niece, Kristina Blahnik.

The Bata Shoe Museum also hosted a talk with Manolo Blahnik on May 16, 2018. In Conversation with Manolo Blahnik gave visitors a chance to listen to Mr. Blahnik discuss his thoughts on what truly inspires him, his views on the fashion industry today, and any and all details about the stunning exhibit.

Have you bought your tickets yet? Purchase them here.

Fila walks into the Bata Shoe Museum’s exhibit “Out of the Box: The Rise of the Sneaker Culture”

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On Saturday September 28, 2013 Fila Canada celebrated the introduction of Grant Hill’s 1996 Olympic sneaker into the Out of the Box: The Rise of the Sneaker Culture exhibit at the Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto, which features legendary sneakers from 1860 to present day. It was an exciting, much-anticipated event that celebrated one of our biggest obsessions…shoes!

This iconic Grant Hill II sneaker, which is signed by the basketball legend himself, is the actual sneaker Hill wore in the 1996 Olympic games where he and his American teammates beat out the Yugoslavian team to take home the gold medal! Its other half lives in the Fila Museum in Italy – the country where the historic brand originated in 1911. We’re big supporters of brands with a rich history and proud to see Fila Canada receive this honour.

The event drew an energetic, diverse crowd, including influencers like the former footwear design director for the Jordan Brand and the current founder of Pensole Footwear Design Academy D’Wayne Edwards, hosts of TSNs talk show “1on1” Duane Watson and Will Strickland, co-founders of Toronto Loves Kicks Lee Joseph and Dion Walcott, and many more ‘sneakerheads’.  

We always love to hear about unique Toronto events, especially those that celebrate our love of shoes! The exhibit, which was launched in April 2013, is the first in North America dedicated to the history of the sneaker, running now until March 2014!

Check out the video from the party – such a great event!