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Isabella Blow: Fashion Galore! exhibition in London



Isabella Blow by Diego Uchitel, 2002

The late Isabella Blow, one of my style icons ever, will be honored with the "Isabella Blow: Fashion Galore!" fashion exhibition at the Somerset House, London, starting this autumn.

The "Isabella Blow: Fashion Galore!" exhibition will showcase over a hundred clothes from her collection, including pieces by Alexander McQueen, Philip Treacy, Hussein Chalayan, and Julien Macdonald. Isabella Blow's collection was one of the most important private collections of late 20th century/early 21st Century British fashion design, now owned by one of her closest friends and my muse, Daphne Guinness.

Isabella Blow by Mario Testino, 1997


Alexander McQueen and Isabella Blow: Burning Down The House, 1996, London by David LaChapelle Studio, Inc.


Isabella Blow at the American Embassy in Paris, 1998, by Roxanne Lowit

Having worked at some of the major fashion magazines in the world, including US Vogue, where she was Anna Wintour's assistant, and British Vogue, Isabella Blow discovered and inspired some of the most important designers, like Alexander McQueen and John Galliano.

“This exhibition is, to me, a bittersweet event. Isabella Blow made our world more vivid, trailing colour with every pace she took. It is a sorrier place for her absence. When I visited her beloved clothes in a storage room in South Kensington, it seemed quite clear the collection would be of immense value to a great many people. I do believe that in choosing to exhibit them we’ve done the right thing – and that it is what she would have wanted. I am doing this in memory of a dear friend, in the hope that her legacy may continue to aid and inspire generations of designers to come”.
Daphne Guinness


Isabella Blow with Horns, Gloucestershire, 1996, by Juergen Teller


Isabella Blow and Philip Treacy, 2003, for Vanity Fair by Donald McPherson

The "Isabella Blow: Fashion Galore!" exhibition will be on display from 20th November 2013 to 2nd March 2014, and to accompany the exhibition there will be a catalogue with new, commissioned photography by Nick Knight of the Isabella Blow Collection, edited by Alistair O’Neil and published by Rizzoli.


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