Isabella Blow: Fashion Galore!
For us lucky Londoners (and visitors!), the Somerset House is exhibiting the personal archive of the British fashion guru and aristocrat Isabella Blow, in celebration of her the career and influence - who is best known for discovering British designers Alexander McQueen and Philip Treacy when they were young students and promoting them as they rose to international acclaim.
Eccentric, flamboyant and witty, Blow was editor at Tatler and other magazines, muse to designers and one of the most influential personalities in fashion. It was a real fashion fest and a fascinating insight into the fashionista world of Blow and her outlandish outfits and style as well as her history and life in general.
Alexander McQueen and Isabella Blow, 1996 Photography by David LaChapelle
Polaroid of Isabella taken by Stephan Bartlett.
Andy Warhol and Isabella
Isabella Blow on her wedding day, hat by Philip Treacy
School photograph of Isabella, seated first row, second from right.
Show Credits for Alexander McQueen’s A/W1996 collection, Dante. Isabella is not credited although the show was dedicated to her and Alexander’s mother, both of whom received floral bouquets from the designer after his bow.
Letter typed by Isabella ordering props for a fashion editorial at Tatler. The very precise dimensions of the guillotine is of note.
Our favourite part of the show? The amazing editorial "Anglo-Saxon Attitude" featuring the likes of Stella Tennant and Plum Sykes from a 1993 issue of British Vogue. Taken on Kensal Road - home to Dahlia HQ, still timelessly cool and effortless in that gloomy English way.
"Isabella Blow: Fashion Galore!" opens now and runs until March 2.
Photo Credit: SHOWStudio / Vogue