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Fashion Designer Manolo Blahnik to Be Profiled in Documentary

'Manolo'
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The film will feature interviews with a who’s who of some of the most notable figures in fashion and entertainment, including Anna Wintour, Rihanna, Andre Leon Talley, Paloma Picasso and 'Sex and the City' author Candace Bushnell.

Fashion sensation Manolo Blahnik is getting the big-screen treatment.

Blahnik, whose first name became a cultural reference point, thanks to frequent shout-outs on HBO’s Sex and the City, will be the subject of a documentary titled Manolo (The boy who made shoes for lizards).

Directed by Michael Roberts, the film is being dubbed an in-depth portrait of the man who is regarded as a genius by some of the most revered figures in fashion and will offer a behind-the-scenes peek into his fabulous world.

Manolo will feature interviews with a who’s who of some of the most notable figures in fashion and entertainment, including Anna Wintour, Rihanna, Andre Leon Talley, Paloma Picasso, Sex and the City author Candace Bushnell, Charlotte Olympia, Iman, Jamie Preto, Naomi Campbell, David Bailey, Isaac Mizrahi, Joan Burnstein, Mary Beard, Colin McDowell, Penelope Tree, Prince of Lampedusa, Rupert Everett and Blahnik himself.

Production on the doc is currently underway.

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Content Media has acquired worldwide sales rights to the film and will begin introducing Manolo next month during the European Film Market in Berlin.

“Manolo Blahnik is fashion royalty and the king of his craft,” Content film president Jamie Carmichael said Wednesday in a statement. “He also happens to be a wonderfully colorful and fascinating man, with a unique world view. Michael Roberts is a director with unparalleled access and understanding of the fashion world and the combination of both these golden elements will make for fabulous and fascinating cinema.”

Manolo is being produced by Nevision Studios One Limited. Executive producers are James Cabourne, Tiggy Maconochie and Anne Morrison.

“Having known Manolo for over 30 years, I can say he is a multifaceted intellectual and romantic whose engaging mind and ingenious work is made for entertaining cinema,” said Roberts.

Added Cabourne: “Manolo Blahnik is an icon who continues to inspire people around the globe. We are genuinely excited to be producing this exclusive documentary showcasing his incredible lifetime of work.”

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For more than 40 years, Blahnik has been designing his shoe line, which has attracted a devoted following including the likes of Nicole Kidman, Rihanna and the Duchess of Cambridge.

Roberts is an award-winning filmmaker, photographer, stylist, illustrator, author and journalist who received MTV's Best Breakthrough Video Award for Bryan Ferry’s Limbo. For three decades, Roberts worked for Conde Nast in London, Paris and New York, initially as style director and art director of Tatler, next as British Vogue’s design director, then as Paris editor of Vanity Fair and as contributing editor of Conde Nast Traveller. Appointed to be the New Yorker’s first fashion director in 1997, he served in the role for nine years until 2006, when Graydon Carter conceived the position of fashion and style director for Roberts at Vanity Fair. Since 2010, Roberts has contributed to Vanity Fair as style editor-at-large.

Content’s sales slate includes Maria Callas biopic Callas, starring Noomi Rapace with Niki Caro directing, and The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, starring Jason Sudeikis, Maisie Williams and Jessica Biel. The company’s recent documentaries include Amy Berg’s Janis: Little Girl Blue and Alex Gibney’s Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief.

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