One of our most loved daydreams here at Grazia HQ, isn’t that What-Would-You-Do-If-You-Won-The-Lotto fantasies. Oh no, we’re all about the Who’s-Walk-In-Wardrobe-Would-You-Want game. An absolute favourite time-waster for any Fashion Ed worth their salt. The legend that tops our lists every time? Isabella Blow of course.
The British born fashion editor, who passed away in 2007 inspired a generation of fashion designers, in particular Lee Alexander McQueen and Philip Treacy who dedicated their spring summer 2008 La Dame Bleue collection to Blow after her death.
Blow with Lee Alexander McQueen (left) and milliner Philip Treacy (right)
She had hard-core fashion beginnings, assisting Anna Wintour in New York at US Vogue before returning to England to work as fashion director of The Sunday Times Style, and then to the same position at Tatler where she has worked previously. The eccentric accessory loving Blow not only nurtured a whole host of graduate and young fashion designers, but also discovered some of the industry’s most famous faced models too, giving Stella Tennant, Plum Sykes, Honor Fraser and Bella Freud their first shoot in British Vogue in 1993 with superstar photographer Steven Meisel.
Isabella Blow with Daphne Guinness (left) and Manolo Blahnik (right)
And now, the owner of Blow’s incredible clothing and accessory collection, the fabulously eccentric fashion-phile Daphne Guinness is allowing the world access to view this treasure chest of runway pieces. Guinness said of this incredible insight into Isabella’s famously fantastical collection, “This exhibition is, to me, a bittersweet event. Isabella Blow made our world more vivid, trailing colour with every pace she tool. 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. I do believe that in choosing to exhibit them we’ve done the right thing – and that it is what she would have wanted. 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 huge collection will be going on display aptly at the home of London Fashion Week, Somerset House in an exhibition entitled Isabella Blow: Fashion Galore! on November 20th this year, and will run until March 2nd 2014.