Manolo Blahnik received the Outstanding Achievement Award at this year's British Fashion Awards. This special award celebrates and recognises one designer, who throughout their career, has made an impact on the global fashion industry.

With a career spanning almost 40 years, Manolo Blahnik is one of the world’s most influential footwear designers and has been British Fashion Awards Accessory Designer of the Year three times in 1990, 1999 and 2003. In 2007, he was awarded the honorary title of Commander of the British Empire for his service to the British fashion industry.

Manolo's signature style is his acclaimed craftsmanship and aesthetic, his shoes have become synonymous with luxury, style and indulgence. Manolo Blahnik’s shoes have rapidly become a symbol of 21st century fashion, he has developed a cult and devoted following around the world and were immortalised by Carrie Bradshaw in Sex and the City. In 2003 the Design Museum, London opened a major exhibition of Manolo’s work and to coincide with this event Thames & Hudson produced ’Drawings’ a collection of Manolo’s best sketches used at the beginning of his design process.

Presenter: Zaha Hadid DBE

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Manolo Blahnik CBE in the Hall of Fashion