Isabella Blow Exhibition: Somerset House

blow With the exhibition at Somerset House just days away, the fashion world is at the edge of its seat to see Isabella Blow’s extraordinary life and spellbinding wardrobe on display.

In partnership with the Isabella Blow Foundation and Central Saint Martins, the exhibition celebrating the life and work of the late British patron of fashion and art is set to be incredible.

Blow’s incredible fashion career has seen her assistant to US Vogue’s Anna Wintour, fashion editor, consultant, muse and the woman responsible for discovering some of fashion’s great talents. Her excentric dress sense; frequenting hats and red lipstick, allowed her to be seen as a muse to all in the industry, including the late Alexander McQueen and Phillip Treacy, whom Blow discovered.

A move to New York in the late 70’s threw Blow into the fashion industry where, whilst studying ancient Chinese, she became friends with Andy Warhol and Roy Lichenstein. Meetings with artists and creatives such as these spurred Blow into the creative spotlight.  Upon meeting lifelong friend Philip Treacy, Blow’s fascination with hats began, and she was rarely seen without one.

The collection, owned by Blow’s friend and fellow fashion muse Daphne Guinness, will be showcasing over 100 pieces from Blow’s incredible collection; showing the world her fashion journey, the pieces that lifted her during her darkest moments, and sharing an insight into a woman who truly changed the face of the fashion and art industry.

Speaking about her journey in helping to curate this exhibition, Daphne Guinness said: “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.”

The exhibition runs at Somerset House from 20th November – 2nd March.

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Contributor: Sarah Stothard