This year, the Wallace Collection has partnered with Manolo Blahnik to present An Enquiring Mind: Manolo Blahnik at the Wallace Collection. The exhibition features a personally selected edit of shoe designs from Blahnik’s private archives set amongst the masterpieces of the Wallace Collection. This exciting venture juxtaposes an icon from the world of contemporary fashion with the museum’s outstanding collection that has been an inspiration to artists since it opened to the public in 1900. The exhibition places Blahnik’s exquisite designs in the intimate context of the Wallace Collection alongside the paintings, sculpture and furniture that inspired his enquiring mind.
In this special in-conversation event, Carla Filmer, Director of Global Communications at Manolo Blahnik and Dr Yuriko Jackall, Curator of French Paintings at the Wallace Collection, share how the exhibition came about and explore the relationship between art and fashion.
A Communications Director and Brand Manager with over twenty years’ experience in global brands across luxury fashion and beauty, CARLA FILMER began her training at art school. However, an eye not just for design and creativity then lead her to London School of Fashion to study business and fashion. Her career has been rich with roles in film, fashion, drinks and the health and beauty sector. Following LSF, where she was made student of the year, a career in communications began and highlights have involved senior leadership roles representing some of the world’s most iconic brands from Lancome to Louis Vuitton. Driving innovative art projects for Louis Vuitton in the UK led her to work with a number of contemporary artists, including Yayoi Kusama, Grayson Perry and Tracey Emin, as well as helping to establish the Louis Vuitton Young Arts Project which linked five major galleries in London to form a unique CSR project for the young in London. Today her career involves leading the global communications for Manolo Blahnik and her vision is to take a relatively small brand with huge recognition to new heights across all global markets, with projects comprising local collaborations, creative openings from Paris to Tokyo and, in London, an exhibition at the Wallace Collection this June.
An authority on French painting, DR YURIKO JACKALL has been Curator of French Painting at the Wallace Collection since August 2018. Since her arrival, she has overseen Spotlight on Boilly, creating a new display space at the museum to accommodate a temporary display of three newly-conserved paintings by Boilly and (with Drs Xavier Bray and Helen Jacobsen), co-curated An Enquiring Mind: Manolo Blahnik at the Wallace Collection. Previously she was assistant curator of French painting at the National Gallery of Art, Washington (2011-2018) where she curated several exhibitions including: America Collects Eighteenth-Century French Painting, an unprecedented survey of American taste for the art of this period with loans from museums across the country; Fragonard: The Fantasy Figures, which brought together the artist’s mythic series of masquerade portraits; and Hubert Robert, 1733-1806, the first-ever retrospective of France’s foremost painter of architecture and ruins (organised with the Musée du Louvre). Jackall explored her long-standing interests in eighteenth-century French fashion and opera in the course of these projects, notably America Collects for which she organised a screening of Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette and Fragonard for which she worked with the New York Opera Society to stage a series of vignettes, in period costume, from The Barber of Seville and The Marriage of Figaro.