Blahnik was born and raised in the Canary Islands. The family of his father owned a Czech pharmaceutical company in Prague, and the family of his Spanish mother owned a banana plantation in the town of the island of Santa Cruz de la Palma. He was born and raised in Santa Cruz de la Palma in the Canary Islands (Spain). He was educated at home when he was a child. After he grew up, he attended a Swiss boarding school. Later, his parents wanted him to be a diplomat, and have enrolled at the University of Geneva, majoring in politics and law. However, Blahnik changed her major to literature and architecture. In 1965 he graduated and moved to Paris to study art at the School of Fine Arts and Stage Set Design at the Louvre Art School, while working at a clothing shop.In vintage 1968, he moved to London to work as a buyer "Zapata" fashion shop and wrote for Uomo Vogue, the Italian version of a men's Vogue.
In 1970, Blahnik was lucky to meet Diana Vreeland, editor of Vogue, on his way to New York. He then presented his portfolio of fashions and designs in Vreeland, how she looked into his eyes and said. "Young man, do things, do props, make shoes" She admired his shoe sketches and advised him to concentrate on the design of shoes. Blahnik took his advice and worked on the design of shoes.
Blahnik has never studied in the manufacture of shoes at school. He learned the skills of making shoes by visiting shoe factories and talking to pattern cutters, technicians and machine operators. At first it was the design of men's shoes, but he immediately found that the limited conception of imagination men's shoes and lacked the element of fashion. When the ordinary shoe style was still dominated by the clumsy platforms in the 1970s, he revived the elegant stiletto heel, which has since become a classic. In addition, he hates the corners and believes in the power of heels and sex appeal they convey.
Blahnik has worked wholeheartedly on his shoes. It attracts not only the design of a pair of shoes, but also hand craft shoes himself. He sculpts wood last, he then hand carves the shoe on. When it comes to mass production, he oversees every step to ensure each shoe is an exact copy of his original creation. He always keeps all of his drawings: 25.000 shoes are arranged in date order in paneled cabinets that fill two adjoining houses in a Georgian terrace in Bath. And now, he still retains the design.
Like all great fashion styles of Manolo Blahnik shoes are kept small numbers exclusive production and his signature style is easily recognizable.
Manolo Blahnik heels classic:
One of the biggest inspirations was his mother.She Blahnik studied fashion magazines and interpreted the latest fashion trend on his clothes. Blahnik and his family often traveled to the clothes ordered from Paris and Madrid. His mother was still dissatisfied shoes of their hometown, so she made her own. She learned the rudiments of his shoemaker local Canarian art and as a boy, Blahnik liked to watch his mother when she made beautiful shoes. He inherited the love of his mother brocade and satin fabrics and told how, as a boy, he found a trunk full of shoes by the famous Russian Yanturni all made from silks, antique lace and trimmed brocades delicate loops. All were light, elegant and feminine; Blahnik attributes later brought to his own designs.
When Blahnik attending university, he lived with his aunt and uncle. Meanwhile, his aunt has deeply influenced his fashion sense. He refined his tastes and learned to appreciate the luxury of beauty, art, and happiness. Blahnik recalled that, according to his aunt, "happiness was simple handbag with the most elegant ever made, in all colors."