A Complete History of Manolo Blahnik

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Manolo Blahnik has famously etched out a spot in the high-end fashion world, with his designs finding a place in women’s closets all around the globe. He's developed an impressive list of celebrity and fashion-influencer admirers, so it’s no wonder the company has been on top for more than 40 years.

Blahnik grew up traveling around Europe and moved to Paris to study art and fashion. Encouraged by Diana Vreeland, he focused his work on shoe design and released his first piece in collaboration with Ossie Clark. Since then, the company expanded tremendously and Manolo went on to be the only designer for Manolo Blahnik shoes. He then became the first male to grace the cover of Vogue in 1974, and his designs have been iconically worn by everyone from Bianca Jagger during her entrance into Studio 54 via white horse to Carrie Bradshaw in Sex and the City, and they remain Anna Wintour’s shoe of choice.

Go on to see iconic moments in the history of Manolo Blahnik, and then shop the shoes.

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Bianca Jagger entering Studio 54 via white horse, 1977. 

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Princess Diana at a Vanity Fair party in London, 1994. 

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Sarah Jessica Parker in a photo shoot for Sex and the City, 2002. 

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Kirsten Dunst as Marie Antoinette, 2006. 

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Kate Moss marrying Jamie Hince in England, 2011. 

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Rihanna leaving her apartment in New York, 2016. 

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Anna Wintour at Fendi during Milan Fashion Week, 2017. 

For those nights when you want to dress up a bit—or a lot. 

From Rihanna's collection with Manolo Blahnik, this pair goes well with cropped white denim jeans. 

The perfect combination of glamour and sophistication. 

Show these off with ankle-grazing hemlines. 

A sophisticated take on Manolo's original pumps. 

Add some color to your Manolo collection. 

Rock these with a cool red leather skirt.

Sock booties are everywhere this season. 

Show off these mules with a classic LBD. 

A shoe fit for a white-tie event. 

We love the strappy detailing. 

We love how elegant these shoes look. 

Oversize bows on classic pumps are so on trend this fall. 

We are loving the Spanish pom-poms on these pumps. 

A sleek and sophisticated look for every fashion girl.

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