ULL grants Manolo Blahnik a honorary doctorate next May 11th

The University of La Laguna will held on Wednesday 11 May at 11 am the ceremony of investiture as honorary doctors to Juan Esteban Beckman Abramson, researcher and collaborator of the Institute of Astrophysics of the Canary Islands, and Manolo Blahnik Rodríguez, fashion designer, specialized in shoes. The ceremony will be held in the auditorium of the academic institution.

The event will be chaired by the dean of this educational institution, Antonio Martinon, and will consist of speeches of the honorees, which will be preceded by eloquent words of praise (laudatio) by their respective sponsors: Professor of Astrophysics at the ULL Teodoro Roca Cortes, in the case of John E. Beckman, and at the Department of Botany, Ecology and Plant Physiology, teacher Josefina Rodriguez Enriquez, in the case of Manolo Blahnik.

Manolo Blahnik

This is one of the greatest global influential creators and thus ambassador of the Canary Islands, whose origins he is proud of. With a long history in the design of shoes, he studied languages and art in Geneva before moving to Paris in 1965, where he decided to design. After a long learning process in which he toured factories around the world, the artist settled in London, where his career took off and is today known by us all .

Since then he develops collaborations with major international designers, preparing haute couture collections and participating in collections designed for movies, as in the case of “Marie Antoinette,” directed by Sofia Coppola.

Awarded with numerous prizes for his talent, Blahnik is credited in several of its editions, both the prestigious CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America), also in several editions as the highest award of the British Fashion Council. On a national level, he is holder of the Golden Needle and the Gold Medal of Merit in the Fine Arts in 2002.

In addition, his work in the world of design was awarded the Honorífic CBE , highlighted among many international awards, such as occurred in the London Fashion Week and the New York Festival Fashion Week, where the artist attended personally and his talent was especially recognized and applauded.

Source: ddigital.webs.ull.es.

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