Isabella Blow's Wardrobe to Go on Display

Editor and muse Isabella Blow left behind a truly legendary wardrobe. She famously snapped up Alexander McQueen's graduate collection from Central Saint Martins. Now, the late style icon is getting her due with an exhibit of her wardrobe highlights, set to open in November at the Somerset House in London.
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Editor and muse Isabella Blow left behind a truly legendary wardrobe. She famously snapped up Alexander McQueen's graduate collection from Central Saint Martins. Now, the late style icon is getting her due with an exhibit of her wardrobe highlights, set to open in November at the Somerset House in London.
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Editor and muse Isabella Blow left behind a truly legendary wardrobe. She famously snapped up Alexander McQueen's graduate collection from Central Saint Martins. Now, the late style icon is getting her due with an exhibit of her wardrobe highlights, set to open in November at the Somerset House in London, WWD is reporting.

The exhibit, Isabella Blow: Fashion Galore!, will feature 100 pieces from from her wardrobe, including items from longtime friends Alexander McQueen and Philip Treacy, as well as Jeremy Scott, Julien Macdonald, Viktor & Rolf, Fendi, Escada, Prada, and Marni. Alexander McQueen's spring/summer 2008 collection, La Dame Bleue, which the designer dedicated to Blow, will also be on display.

Organized by the Isabella Blow Foundation and Central Saint Martins, the exhibit will spotlight the late style icon's aristocratic background, love of the English countryside, and, of course, her close relationship with Lee Alexander McQueen and Philip Treacy--and her "epic" hat and shoe collection.

It's to be curated by Alistair O'Neill with Shonagh Marshall, and designed by the architectural firm Carmody Groarke. Each mannequin will be custom-made by set designer Shona Heath to resemble Blow and then styled in a full outfit worn by the style icon.

Set to run November 20 through March 2, "Isabella Blow: Fashion Galore!" sounds like it'll be equal parts cool exhibit and touching tribute.

"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," said Daphne Guinness, one of Blow's closest friends, who bought her entire wardrobe after her death, and who is also the founder of the Isabella Blow Foundation. "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."

"This exhibition is, to me, a bittersweet event," Guinness added.

The heiress has spoken about exhibiting Blow's wardrobe in the past at Central St. Martins but it would be open only to students--we're glad the general public will now have a chance to take this in.