This afternoon, the Telegraph reported that Isabella Blow's fashion collection was purchased in its entirety through a private sale at Christie's in London. Blow, a British fashion editor and creative director, is best known for nurturing the talents of emerging designers, the most famous of them being Alexander McQueen.
The collection of clothing and photography was originally planned to go up for auction in September, and each piece would have been sold separately. In Hilary Alexander's story for the Telegraph, she writes that "the buyer wishes to remain private, but is committed to keeping the collection together."
Later, the New York Times added an interesting fact: The wardrobe, which includes 90 McQueen outfits, several early dresses by John Galliano, and over 50 hats by Philip Treacy, was bought by avant-garde heiress Daphne Guinness.
Christie's PR would not confirm or deny that Guinness in fact purchased the collection, but it seems fitting that the fashion maven would want to keep Blow's iconic compilation together. “It’s Issy – it’s her D.N.A, it should not be scattered to the four winds," Guinness stated.
We really hope this means that Guinness plans to donate or lend the collection to a museum so that others can view it. Guinness plans to put her own collection of McQueen on display at FIT next September. Maybe Blow's collection will be added to that exhibition?
We couldn't agree more with Guinness' sentiment that the Blow collection should be treated as a piece of fashion history. “Like any artist, it should not be dispersed, but remain as a monument with people having access to it,” she said.