Famed fashion stylist Isabella Blow has died. The woman who discovered Alexander McQueen and championed eccentric British style and a slew of young designers, was found dead today - though no other information has been released. I only met Ms. Blow once, at Camilla Al-Fayed's birthday party last year. She wore a Philip Treacy hat and told me in a very firm voice that I should look beyond Proenza Schouler for fashion inspiration. She scared the shit out of me, but I liked her.
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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.
Daphne Guinness To Exhibit Isabella Blow's Wardrobe at Central St. Martins and Online, Is Starting a Mental Health Foundation
Daphne Guinness has finally revealed, to Charlie Rose of all people, what she plans to do with that wardrobe of Isabella Blow's she bought following Blow's death, to prevent it from being auctioned off. Rose hosted a discussion about the state of fashion with Diane Von Furstenberg, Suzy Menkes and Guinness. For the most part, Guinness appeared shy and didn't say much--Menkes was the most loquacious--but she did share a couple of interesting tidbits. Adding on to a discussion about how the digital revolution is changing and democratizing fashion, she said, I'm going to put together now a show of my friend's clothes who died and I'm going to do that online so that people in New Zealand can see it because they might not be able to get to Central St. Martin's to be able to see that.
Philip Treacy Talks Alexander McQueen, Isabella Blow and the Unrelenting Pressure to Be 'New'
In a somber interview, Treacy reflects on the pressures of the industry that drove Blow and another of his close contemporaries, Alexander McQueen, to depression and eventual suicide.