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Brief Published: 21 Nov 2013

Isabella Blow at London’s Somerset House


The influential British stylist and patron Isabella Blow, who tragically committed suicide in 2007, is the subject of a major new exhibition at London’s Somerset House.

Running until March 2014, the exhibition plays host to hundreds of pieces from Isabella Blow’s personal collection, now owned by Daphne Guinness, and charts Blow’s 30-year career through her stint at US Vogue to key roles at Tatler, British Vogue and the Sunday Times Style magazine in the late 1990s.

Blow can be credited with the discovery and championing of models such as Sophie Dahl and Stella Tennant as well as designers including Alexander McQueen, Hussein Chalayan and Philip Treacy, all of whom she supported.

The exhibition thematically displays pieces from Blow’s personal collection, charting her career through her very personal style. It’s broken up in sections including Isabella’s Background, Countryside, Isabella’s Outfits and Style and Legacy. The exhibition is curated by Alistair O’Neil and Shonagh Marshall, with installations by set designer Shona Heath.

Meanwhile, another major fashion exhibition is planned at the V&A in London titled The Glamour of Italian Fashion: 1945-2014, opening in April 2014. The V&A has declared 2014 to be the museum’s Year of Fashion.

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