The Isabella Blow Foundation is thrilled to announce our forthcoming exhibition in collaboration with Somerset House and Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design.
Isabella Blow: Fashion Galore! will open on 20th November 2013 and run until 2nd March 2014. One of the foundation’s primary objectives was to stage an exhibition, and to have this goal realised in such a culturally significant setting, with the support of Isabella’s family, is truly exciting. Co-curated by Alistair O’Neill and Shonagh Marshall, the exhibition will showcase Isabella’s idiosyncratic wardrobe amassed throughout her expansive styling career. The iconic collection, now owned by Daphne Guinness, is being loaned to the exhibition along with photographs, correspondence and footage contributed by those who knew her and whose lives she changed. Spanning her life and loves, the show will explore the well of cultural and historical inspirations from which her work sprung, with instillations created by celebrated set designer Shona Heath. Among the pieces exhibited will be highlights from Alexander McQueen’s precious graduate collection; famously purchased in its entirety by Blow when she discovered him at St Martin’s. In addition: assorted hats by protégé Philip Treacy, as well as pieces by designers she championed including Jeremy Scott, Julien Macdonald, Viktor & Rolf, Fendi, Escada, Prada, and Marni.
(The Isabella Blow Foundation)