Isabella Blow will live on through her wardrobe in a new exhibit at London’s Somerset House in November.
Organized by the Isabella Blow Foundation and Central Saint Martins, “Isabella Blow: Fashion Galore!” will feature over 100 pieces from her collection, including creations by Jeremy Scott, Julien Macdonald, Viktor & Rolf, Fendi, Prada, Marni, and more.
The exhibit will touch on Blow’s aristocratic background, her relationship with Philip Treacy and the late Alexander McQueen, including his La Dame Bleue collection, which he dedicated to her after she passed in 2007. Her love of the British countryside and her love of shoes and hats will also comprise the exhibit curated by Alistair O’Neill with Shonagh Marshall.
Many of the pieces on display come directly from Daphne Guinness, who is not only the founder of the Isabella Blow Foundation, but also a friend of the late stylist. “This exhibition is, to me, a bittersweet event,” she told Women’s Wear Daily. “Isabella…made our world more vivid, trailing color with every pace she took.”
Guinness believes the collection was the best way to honor her friend who would have loved the exhibit. “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,” she explained. “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.”
The exhibit will run at the Somerset House from November 20th to March 2nd.