by Manoele Luize
Can you imagine walking into the late Isabella Blowʼs closet? Now you can not only imagine it, but you can visit over a hundred pieces of her personal collection at Somerset House in London from 20 November to 2 March 2014.
British and aristocrat, Isabella Blow was born in the 50s and started her career in the 80s, working as Anna Wintourʼs assistant at american Vogue. In 1986, she went back to Britain and worked at Tatler and British Vogue. Known for her creativity and her collaborations with photographers such as Steven Meisel and David LaChapelle, Isabella Blow established herself as a legend in fashion and she definitely liked to dress like a legend.
The exhibition shows us pieces by, of course, Alexander McQueen, Philip Treacy, Hussein Chalayan and Julien Macdonald amongst others. Beginning with Isabella Blowʼs background, showing her British aristocratic roots and family photos, the exhibition follows to McQueen and Philip Treacyʼs graduate MA collections, the first from Central Saint Martins and the second from the Royal College of Art. Key pieces from the designers and, specially, Alexander McQueen Autumn/Winter 1996 collection, which was dedicated to Isabella.
The English countryside became an installation, her outfits and her style will be shown at mannequins. Alexander McQueen, Fendi, Philip Treacy, Escada, John Galliano for Dior, Prada, Alexander McQueen for Givenchy, Jeremy Scott, Viktor and Rolf, Manolo Blahnik and Marni, they are all there, itʼs like a fashion heaven.
If you are in London and you love fashion, definitely a must-see exhibition and youʼd better wear some lipstick on these lips. One of my favorite fashion quotes is by Isabella Blow herself: “If youʼre not wearing lipstick, I canʼt talk to you.”.
ISABELLA BLOW: FASHION GALORE!
20 November 2013 – 2 March 2014
Embankment Galleries, Somerset House
Admission: £12.50, Concessions £10, half price Mondays