Fashion Galore!

Left: Isabella Blow 1997, photography by Mario Testino; centre Alexandra McQueen & Isabella Blow, 1996, photography by David LaChapelle; right Isabella Blow wears Philip Treacy
Left: Isabella Blow 1997, photography by Mario Testino; centre Alexandra McQueen & Isabella Blow, 1996, photography by David LaChapelle; right Isabella Blow wears Philip Treacy

I spent yesterday afternoon at Somerset House’s glorious celebration of fashion’s most celebrated patron Isabella Blow. Consisting of over 100 exquisitely-made pieces from her personal collection – one of the most important collections of late 20th/early 21st Century British design – as well as photographs and memorabilia, this exhibition is testament to Blow’s extraordinary creativity and unfailing eye for talent.

My personal highlights were the pieces from McQueen’s graduate show (which Blow purchased in its entirety despite, in true fashionista style, not having the money to pay for it); Philip Treacy’s magnificent hats and this career-launching image of model Stella Tennant for a 1993 issue of British Vogue.

Stella Tennant  for 'Anglo-Saxon Attitude', British Vogue 1993. Photography by Steven Meisel
Stella Tennant for ‘Anglo-Saxon Attitude’, British Vogue 1993. Photography by Steven Meisel

Isabella Blow: Fashion Galore! is the most uplifting and inspiring show I have been to this year so put on your most interesting frock and go see it before March 2nd.

http://www.somersethouse.org.uk/visual-arts/isabella-blow-fashion-galore

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