Yesterday I ventured to Somerset House to take a look at the Isabella Blow: Fashion Galore! exhibition which is currently running. I had heard great things about the exhibition and was dying to see it for myself. Somerset House as you can imagine right now is under construction in the courtyard for London Fashion Week, I escaped past it all and into the calm of the Embankment Galleries.
The exhibition focuses on the late patron of fashion, Isabella Blow. She had such an interesting career, starting her way up the fashion ladder as Anna Wintour’s US Vogue assistant in the 80’s to working for Tatler, British Vogue and becoming the Director of Style for The Sunday Times. She supported the works of Alexander McQueen, Philip Treacy, Hussein Chalayan and Julien Macdonald plus many more. It was great to be able to see these creations up close and learn more about how she worked closely with each of the designers. Did you know she bought all of Alexander McQueen’s collection and paid him £100 a week for it? Amazing.
There are pieces of her history, including a letter from The Sunday Times documenting her expenses and her diary filled with notes scribbled with a pink fountain pen which she always used, I like her style. Philip Treacy’s hats compliment McQueen’s creations so well and they are all so amazing to look at. Isabella also worked with famous photographers such as David LaChapelle and Sean Ellis and it also documents her work with these great artists.
What I Wore
There was so much to look at, it was really awesome to see all the designs and learn more about her great fashion life. It’s weird something about her really reminds me of Lady Gaga watching the old footage, maybe that’s just me? I also spotted Florence Welch and The Hurts singer Theo Hutchcraft whilst I was there!
I wasn’t allowed to take any pictures so sorry about the lack of, but I’d definitely recommend going to see before it closes on March 2nd. Tickets are £12.50 or go on a Monday like I did and it’s £6.50, find out more on Somerset House website.