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Manolo Blahnik

Rio Ali

Source: Fashion Photography Archive, 2015, Fashion Photography Archive

Designer Biography

Clements Ribeiro

Amber Jane Butchart

Source: Fashion Photography Archive, 2015, Fashion Photography Archive

Designer Biography

History of Classic Accessory Companies

Aneta Genova

Source: Accessory Design, 2012, Fairchild Books Library

Book chapter

Chapter Two tells the stories of six classic accessory companies—Hermés, Louis Vuitton, Roger Vivier, Ferragamo, Coach, and Manolo Blahnik—and their contributions to the fashion accessories industry. After reading this chapter, you will be able to recognize the products that are central to each company’s brand and how they have evolved over time.

Visual Media and Dress

Stella Bruzzi and Pamela Gibson Church

Source: Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion. West Europe, 2010, Berg Fashion Library

Encyclopedia entry

Visual media have played an enormous role in the development of fashion in West Europe. Fashion imagery emerged within print journalism, more specifically women’s magazines, in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The development of popular cinema in the first half of the twentieth century had a momentous impact on the global fashion industry, especially in the star system, the “tie-in,” and the involvement of both couturiers and ready-to-wear designers in film. From the radical changes of th

Blahnik, Manolo

Liz Gessner

Source: The Berg Companion to Fashion, 2010, Berg Fashion Library

Encyclopedia entry

Manolo Blahnik won three awards from the Council of Fashion Designers of America in the 1980s and 1990s. The first special award was given in 1987; the second, for outstanding excellence in accessory design, in 1990. The third award came with the following tribute in 1997: “Blahnik has done for footwear what Worth did for the couture, making slippers into objects of desire, collectibles for women for whom Barbies are too girlish and Ferraris not girlish enough &. an incredible piston in the engin

Footwear

Giorgio Riello

Source: Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion. West Europe, 2010, Berg Fashion Library

Encyclopedia entry

The importance of shoes in twenty-first-century Western society extends well beyond their functional use. Through their material appearance—their texture, weight, and design—shoes express abstract ideas that range from sexual appeal to allure, smartness, and informality. Shoes, therefore, are not just accessories that decorate the body or allow people to embrace the latest fashion; they convey messages that are understood across society. High heels stand for exaggerated femininity; red shoes for

Spain

Silvia Ventosa

Translated by Lucy Lawton

Source: Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion. West Europe, 2010, Berg Fashion Library

Encyclopedia entry

The influence of Spanish dress on European fashions is concentrated in two periods: the period of court life of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries with the moda a la española (Spanish-style fashion), and that of the majos, members of the Madrid artistic scene at the end of the eighteenth century and during the nineteenth century. The stereotypical image of the Spanish was fixed around 1800, an image that emanated from the south, from Andalusia, and this stereotype still survives in the early

Footwear

Celia Stall-Meadows

Source: Know Your Fashion Accessories, 2004, Fairchild Books Library

Book chapter

Two salesmen traveled to remote corners of the world. Each was sent with a truckload of shoes to sell. After one week they reported back to their sales manager at company headquarters. The first salesman lamented, “None of the natives wear shoes here. I’ll never be able to sell any!” The second salesman found a similar situation. “None of the natives wear shoes here,” he reported excitedly. “How soon can you ship me another truckload?”

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