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Blahnik by Boman: Shoes, Photographs, Conversation Hardcover – 13 Oct 2005

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 220 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (CA); 01 edition (13 Oct. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811851168
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811851169
  • Product Dimensions: 28.3 x 2.9 x 34.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,495,715 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Manolo Blahnik brings his sexy foot candy to life in Blahnik by Boman, a stunning compilation of photographs' --In Style

'Dazzling ... a series of wonderful set pieces and still lifes ... utterly seductive stream-of-conciousness text ... destined to become a collector's item' --Vogue

'Positively creaks with the weight of stylistic references ... lavishly presented, unencumbered by text ... also very funny' --The Independent Magazine

'Shameless indulgence ... beautifully produced, wildly extravagant and forgivably pretentious' --You Magazine

'Don't miss it ... Eric Boman's appreciation of the Shoemaker King is suitably sumptuous'
--Tatler

'Extraordinary ... features Blahnik's high-glamour and full-throttle sexy shoes in an array of captivating still lifes and theatrical vignettes' --The Daily Telegraph

Combines arresting images with a humorous bent' --The Daily Mail

'Luscious' --Elle

'Carrie Bradshaw would swoon with longing' --The World of Interiors

'Shoe porn'
--The Observer

'The playful, elegant images - 165 in full plates - are a fitting tribute to the drama and craftmanship of both cobbler and photographer' --Suzy Menkes, International Herald Tribue

'Spellbinding and wickedly amusing pictures' --Ladies First

'Outstanding. A classic combination of the highest design, photography and production values ... captivating and lavish ... each page a richly orchestrated composition'
--British Book Awards, Winner in the Design & Production Award Category

'A witty approach to shoes ... playful and personally captioned photos' --10 Magazine

'Beautifully shot ... this book makes it acceptable to leave your shoes on the coffee table' --Gay Times

'Beautifully shot ... should keep any shoe fanatic happy' --U Magazine

'A must for the well-heeled' --ES Magazine

'Shoes to make you go ahhh'
--Heat --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Manolo Blahnik was born in the Canary Islands. He studied at the University of Geneva before moving to Paris and then London to work as a set designer. On a trip to New York in 1971, Blahnik was sent to show his sketches to legendary fashion editor Diana Vreeland, who famously suggested, "You should do shoes." He lives in England.
Eric Boman, originally from Sweden, has worked in London, Paris, and New York for, among others, Vogue, Marie-Claire, Yves Saint-Laurent, Vanity Fair, The World of Interiors, and House & Garden. Since 1988, he has increasingly explored art photography

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Format: Hardcover
I got this book for Christmas and it's one of the best presents ever! Being a huge shoeholic and owning almost 70 pairs, alas I'm not fortunate enough to own a pair of Manolos. Yet. But this book almost makes up for it as it is filled to the brim with stunning photographs of a huge variety of Manolo's Magnificent Creations. It's every girl's dream and a lovely way to while away the time flicking through the beautiful pages time and time again. A must for every shoe lover's coffee table.
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Format: Hardcover
I just happened to be in Selfridges/London last year, coinciding with Eric Boman and Manolo Blahnik's book launch. There were queues and queues of eager fans lining up to get their newly purchased books autographed by the fashionable duo. It was all very civilised, even though security guards were holding back the frenzied mob, while Boman and Blahnik relentlessly signed with tireless good humour and charm.

Manolo Blahnik has been the ultimate cobbler to the stars since the Seventies, and Eric is a veteran, top photographer who's been photographing beautiful women for years (his most recent book, "Dames" show-cases his portrait-photogaphy). It's fortunate for Manolo that Eric came up with the novel idea of photographing his shoes. It was also conducive for the book that he supplied the witty 'photographic conversation,' for although Manolo's shoes are the most exquisite in the world, a book would have been pretty one dimensional with pedestrian sole snap-shots of his pumps without Eric's creative input.

Boman has not only managed to produce imaginative photographs of the beautiful shoes, but has elevated Manolo's footwear to museum status. Thanks to his original and highly imaginative photographic compositions, the elegant pumps have been transformed into classical portraits.

Boman and Blahnik's old friend Paloma Picasso has supplied the foreward, helping make this beautifully produced book a must have gift, especially for people with tasteful shoe fetishes and aficionados of superior glossy art books, the kind which are much too exquisite to grace coffee tables.
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Format: Hardcover
i found this book in a tiny,gorgeous shop in bath. the photography is original and interesting. this book was an inspired idea and feeds any desire for fashion or still life art work you could need. i would love to meet this photographer, an extremly talented man.
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Format: Hardcover
This is the most beautiful book I have ever seen. The full page, glossy, magnificent photos take your breath away. It is a collector's item and the iconic coffee table book. The perfect gift for someone who has everything - including 300 pairs of shoes.
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Format: Hardcover
I bought this book for my sister-in-law for xmas as she is Londons answer to Imelda Marcos,so i thought that this would be the perfect present! but after looking through it today I'm wondering if she might just be happy with a wooly Jumper : ) I will find it really hard to hand it over.....
It's a great book for shoeholics or just women who appreciate the work of art that is a pair of Manolas - and if there is no way during this lifetime you'll ever be able to own a pair of Manolos, this book is a must have because it is definately the next best thing.
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