Manolo Blahnik's memoir fused with fairytale

Sex In The City character, Carrie Bradshaw, was a fan of Manolo Blahnik designs.
Photo / Supplied
Sex In The City character, Carrie Bradshaw, was a fan of Manolo Blahnik designs. Photo / Supplied

Manolo Blahnik says creating his book was "a very fun adventure".

The shoe designer's life story has been made into a unique memoir, blending biographical elements with fairytale.

Manolo Blahnik and the Tale of the Elves and the Shoemaker: A Fashion Fairy Tale Memoir was written by Camilla Morton and illustrated by Blahnik himself.

The Spanish designer says he enjoyed the whole creative process.

"I would do it whenever I had a moment, on a train, on my travels, it was a bit of a challenge.

"I haven't ever illustrated a book like this before, but it was very cathartic in a way to look back and draw images from my past. I knew Camilla would create something marvellous. It was a very fun adventure."

Morton loved creating the unique tome. The author says Blahnik's interesting character made the process even more enjoyable.

"The book is a mix of biography and fairy story," she told Vogue.co.uk.

"It is a blend of Manolo's life - from his childhood on the banana plantation to his store in Chelsea today - mixed with the tale of The Elves and the Shoemaker. Fashion designers are too magical for a straightforward biography, so what better than to mix with well-known 'Once Upon a Times' - and the finishing touch, asking the designers themselves to illustrate their story."

- AAP

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