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Manolo: The Boy Who Made Shoes for Lizards

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Manolo: The Boy Who Made Shoes for Llzards is the in-depth portrait of legendary fashion designer Manolo Blahnik and how his extraordinary dedication to his craft led him to become the world’s most famous luxury shoemaker, revered by celebrities, stylists, and industry icons for generations. Growing up on a remote Spanish Canary island, Manolo made shoes out of sweet wrappers for lizards that he caught in his family’s garden. After opening his first store in London in 1973 and coming of age in fashion capitals such as Paris and New York, Manolo now has shops and department store concessions in over 20 countries and retains full control of the business, still creating every shoe, even hand-carving the wooden forms himself. Director and longtime fashion journalist Michael Roberts presents this never-before-seen peek into Mr. Blahnik’s world, featuring a ‘who’s who’ of the fashion and entertainment industries including Anna Wintour, Rihanna, Paloma Picasso, Iman, Naomi Campbell, Rupert Everett, Karlie Kloss, Isaac Mizrahi, and André Leon Talley.

Reactions, Awards & Festivals

“An enchanting profile of the legendary shoe designer…(a) charming(ly) eccentric figure…a disarmingly charming (genius)”

Roger Walker-Dack

Edge Media Network

“Fascinating, unconventional and enchanting!”


"Delicious! Manolo finally reveals the method to his brilliant irresistible madness. A wild ride."

Out Magazine

"A bright, affectionate doc"

Dennis Dermody

Paper Magazine

"Surprisingly touching"

Dana Thomas

New York Times

Official Selection - 2017 Providence Art & Design FF

Official Selection - 2017 Gold Coast International Film Festival

Official Selection - 2018 Sonoma International Film Festival

Cast & Crew
  • Himself : Manolo Blahnik
  • Herself : Anna Wintour
  • Himself : André Leon Talley
  • Herself : Paloma Picasso
  • Herself : Charlotte Olympia
  • Herself : Iman
  • Himself : Jamie Prieto
  • Herself : Rihanna
  • Herself : Naomi Campbell
  • Himself : David Bailey
  • Himself : Isaac Mizrahi
  • Herself : Joan Burnstein
  • Herself : Mary Beard
  • Himself : Colin McDowell
  • Herself : Penelope Tree
  • Himself : Gioacchino Lanza Tomasi
  • Himself : Rupert Everett
  • Herself : Karlie Kloss
  • Director : Michael Roberts
  • Producers : Michael Roberts, Bronwyn Cosgrave, Gillan Mosely, Neil Zeiger
  • Executive Producer : James Cabourne, Anne Morrison, Tiggy Maconochie
  • Co-Producer : Louise Bray
  • Associate Producer : Miles Osborn
  • Line Producers : Zoe Loizou, Sergio Díaz (Madrid Unit)
  • Director of Photography : Nicola Daley
  • Editor : Arturo Calvete
  • Art Directors : Elena Machado Hernández, Oscar Troitiño
Technical Info
  • Production Year : 2016
  • Release Date : September 15, 2017
  • Countries of Production : UK
  • Languages : English
  • Running Time : 89 MInutes
  • Screen Ratio : 1.85:1
  • Sound : Dolby SRD
  • Color : Color
  • Rating : Not Rated
DVD/Blu-Ray Special Features

Behind the scenes featurette with director Michael Roberts

Manolo Shoe Gallery

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