We all know Isabella Blow was an eccentric. Not everybody knows though that she wore clothes as armor, to protect herself from the outer world. She discovered Philip Treacy and Alexander McQueen and nurtured their careers. Careers of many other fashion designers and artists are also credited to Ms Blow. She had a rare talent for finding new faces – putting Sophie Dahl and Stella Tennant on the fashion radar. Her valuable possessions – clothes, hats and shoes from numerous designers, though McQueen and Treacy form a focal point of her collection – required a separate room to live in. And this is just a beginning of a story that will, most likely, blow you away…
If you want to take a sneak peek into the extraordinary life and wardrobe of one of the rare personalities in the fashion world, this exhibition is a must-see for you. I left inspired and filled with humbleness and respect for the unique talent she possessed.
Isabella Blow: Fashion Galore!
Open to visitors until 2 March 2014
Somerset House, Embankment Galleries
£12.50, £10 concessions, £6.25 on Mondays
Curated by Alistair O’Neill with Shonagh Marshall and designed by award-winning architectural firm Carmody Groarke, with installations by celebrated set designer Shona Heath, the exhibition displays thematically the breadth of Isabella’s collection.