Manolo Blahnik and the Tale of the Elves and the Shoemaker: A Fashion Fairy Tale Memoir

Author(s): Camilla Morton


Each book in this inspired series by fashion writer Camilla Morton inventively reimagines one of our favorite "Once Upon a Time" stories, blending it with the real-life story of a famed fashion designer. Lushly illustrated by the designers themselves, these tales illuminate each iconic individual's creative magic while celebrating his unique life and career. The result is an intriguing combination of whimsy and memoir. In this contemporary twist on the tale of the "Elves and the Shoemaker", Manolo Blahnik's delightful drawings evoke the past, envision the future, and, of course, evidence the indelible footprint he's made on fashion history. His illustrations take us from the banana plantations of his childhood to his current reign at the top of high-fashion footwear design, while playfully hinting at all the adventures he's had and friends he's met along the way.


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Camilla Morton is a London-based fashion writer and the author of the international bestseller How to Walk in High Heels, which has been translated into twenty languages worldwide. She was the runway reporter for, covering all international and couture collections. Morton has written for several magazines, newspapers, and blogs, including Time magazine's Style and Design supplement, W magazine, and Harper's Bazaar, both in the U.S. and the U.K., and collaborated with several high-end fashion houses. This is her fourth book. Manolo BlahnIk, whose career spans more than thirty years, is one of the world's most celebrated and imaginative footwear designers. His shoes have enchanted an international set of adoring and loyal devotees around the globe. Born in the Canary Islands and later educated in Geneva, he moved in 1965 to Paris, where he intended a career in theatre design. On a visit to New York in 1970, he met with the legendary editor in chief of American Vogue, Diana Vreeland, who told him, Do shoes. He has been doing so expertly ever since-on the runway, the red carpet, and in every girl's wildest dreams.

General Fields

  • : 9780061917301
  • : HarperCollins Publishers Inc
  • : HarperEntertainment
  • : October 2011
  • : 222mm X 159mm X 15mm
  • : United States
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Camilla Morton
  • : Hardback
  • : 11-Dec
  • : 685.3102092
  • : 112
  • : illustrations