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What do Sex In The City’s Carrie Bradshaw and Noddy’s Enid Blyton have in common? Apart from spending a lot of time without their clothes on (yes, the beloved creator of Secret Seven and Famous Five was famously a nudist), they also venn on Manolo Blahnik shoes. The designer who has created footwear for stars including Beyoncé, Michelle Obama and Anna Wintour was apparently inspired by Blyton as a child, oddly, and now you can, in turn, be inspired by the man himself in a special exhibition courtesy of The Wallace Collection.

The Marylebone gallery will be hosting Blahnik for ‘An Enquiring Mind: Manolo Blahnik at The Wallace Collection’ this summer and will showcase his shoe-based genius in what they describe as ‘unprecedented exploration’ of the designer’s creative process. Hot on the heels of ‘Manolo Blahnik: The Art of Shoes’ at Prague’s Kampa Museum, the exhibition promises to be fascinating.

And given the runaway success of fashion exhibitions lately (think Dior at the V&A) the timing is ideal, and the exhibition has been put together by Wallace Collection director Xavier Bray as well as Blahnik himself.

As well as shoes we’ll have the chance to understand them better alongside items that have inspired Blahnik, with pieces from his own art collection including sculptures, furniture and paintings, cleverly taking this beyond the potentially niche and into something that can be enjoyed by anyone, interested in high heels and pumps or not.

‘An Enquiring Mind: Manolo Blahnik at The Wallace Collection’ runs from 10th June until September 2019