Manolo Blahnik at the Wallace Collection

Manolo Blahnik exhibition at the Wallace Collection, Marylebone

There aren't too many shoe designers whose work would look entirely at home interspersed between the paintings of 18th century Old Masters, but Manolo Blahnik is one such. This exhibition, co-curated by Blahnik himself, featured some of the most extraordinary creations from his vast private archives juxtaposed with the collection's artworks. Throughout his long career, the Spanish designer has openly drawn upon the high culture of Europe's past, and each room reflected a particular theme that has provided him with inspiration, from the spectacle of the commedia dell'arte theatre to the colour and drama of rococo art.