Happy Birthday, Isabella Blow! We’ve never been more tempted to buy a one-way ticket to London thanks to the prospect of feasting our eyes on your inimitable archive of wondrous fashion…. Yes, the late fashion deity’s wardrobe is finally on display in London, and while the photographs of the exhibit are gorgeous, we want nothing more than to see the genius creations with our own two eyes.
Appropriately titled “Isabella Blow: Fashion Galore!,” the exhibition has over 100 fantastical garments on display and explores three key moments in Blow’s relationships with her designer protégées: Alexander McQueen and Phillip Treacy. While it’s nearly impossible to play favorites, some of our best-loved looks include the Ship headpiece by Treacy and The Burka designed by Jun Takahashi that Blow wore to a Christian Dior Couture show in 2003 (you might recognize it as Lady Gaga also wore it at Treacy’s show last year).
In addition to the sheer majesty of the designs, the showcase also captures the buoyant side of Blow, which wasn’t nearly as publicized as her dark side.
“I really wanted to challenge that basic assumption that Isabella’s life story is necessarily dark and gothic,” exhibition curator Alistair O’Neill told the Telegraph. “It did have a dark side but it had a light side too; she had a filthy sense of humour – quite black, quite British.”
Get your first look at the exhibition, which runs from November 20, 2013 to March 2, 2014 at Somerset House in London, below:
this is some kind of spaceship or something.
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