Fashionista, designer, magazine editor and trendsetter Isabella Blow was a tour de force in the fashion world.
Known for her vibrant sense of style, fashion fans can now immerse themselves in the life and work of the influential star at the Isabella Blow: Fashion Galore! exhibition at Somerset House.
The show follows the career of Isabella Blow, which spanned three decades, from her beginnings in the early ‘80s alongside Anna Wintour at US Vogue to her life as a fashion director at the likes of Tatler and Sunday Times Style.
She was famed for launching the careers of everyone from models Sophie Dahl and Stella Tennant to designers including Alexander McQueen and Julien MacDonald. She is also known for her artistic collaborations with photographers including Steven Meisel, David LaChapelle and Sean Ellis, which “pushed the boundaries of convention”.
This exhibition showcases around 100 pieces from her diverse and colourful collection. Now owned by Daphne Guinness, it is arguably one of the most important in British fashion.
Her collection includes garments from the many designer talents she discovered and launched, such as Alexander McQueen, Philip Treacy, Hussein Chalayan and Julien Macdonald amongst others.
One thing is for certain – she was no wallflower – and as Daphne Guinness says: "Isabella Blow made our world more vivid, trailing colour with every pace she took”.
The exhibition is curated by Alistair O’Neill and Shonagh Marshall and designed by award-winning architectural firm Carmody Groarke, with installations by celebrated set designer Shona Heath.
The event runs until March 2nd 2014 and is held in the stunning surrounds of Embankment Galleries. Somerset House is close to both Charing Cross and Embankment tube stations – an ideally central location for a London getaway.
Tickets can be purchased in advance as well as on the door for £12.50 (or £6.25 on Mondays).