The Heritage Studio

Fashion Galore: Isabella Blow at Somerset House

“What Isabella represented is that differences should be celebrated, and these images, which were taken at Doddington Hall, her ancestral home, are meant to represent that” Nick Knight

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Settings: Somerset House Nov 20 2013- Mar 4 2014

Leading Actress: British born Isabella started her career in the early 80s as Anna Wintour’s assistant at US Vogue. On her return to London in 1986 she worked as Fashion Director for  magazines the likes of  the Sunday Times Style and Tatler. Driven by a passion for creativity, Isabella is credited for having nurtured and inspired numerous artists and designers, discovered and launched models Sophie Dahl and Stella Tennant, and inspired major photographers such as Steven Meisel, David LaChapelle and Sean Ellis, establishing herself as a legendary figure within the international fashion and contemporary art worlds.

Plot: The exhibition will showcase over a hundred pieces from Isabela’s incredibly rich collection, one of the most important private collections of late 20th Century/early 21st Century, now owned by Daphne Guinness. This includes garments from the many designer talents she discovered and launched, such as Alexander McQueen, Philip Treacy, Hussein Chalayan and Julien Macdonald amongst others.Curated by Alistair O’Neill with Shonagh Marshall and designed by award-winning architectural firm Carmody Groarke, with installations by celebrated set designer Shona Heath, the exhibition will display thematically the breadth of Isabella’s collection, a life lived through clothes. As part of the exhibition, the Somerset House, the Rizzoli editions, the Isabella Blow Foundation and the Central Saint Martins joined forces to produce a 168-pages book “Isabella Blow: Fashion Galore!” The work brings together exclusive photographs made in color or in B&W by Nick Knight from the aforementioned wardrobe.

Model Xiao Wen Ju wearing a Philip Treacy and Simon Periton hat, from A/W 1999. Dress: Tristan Webber S/S 2000. Shoes Manolo Blahnik. fashion_galore8 - Copy

Model Alexia Wight in undercover by Jun Takahashi, S/S 2003. Shocking pink sheer burka with printed teddy bear detail, tulle. Worn to Christian Dior, Haute Couture S/S 2003, Paris, January 2003.

Model Alexia Wight in Alexander McQueen, S/S 2003. Black frock coat with feather stand up collar and embroidery detailing, silk and feather.
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Model Alexia Wight wearing an Alexander McQueen jacket from Central Saint Martins MA Fashion Collection 1992. Duchess satin jacket with boned bustle back and points at the front, silk. Underwear: Rigby & Peller. Shoes: Manolo Blahnik.

Model Xiao Wen Ju wearing Philip Treacy, S/S 2003. Cut out mouths pop art hat, paper, silk and wire.
Dress: Chalayan, S/S 1999. Cream folded pleat dress, silk.
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All images © Nick Knight ( via Yatzer ) are part of the book  “Isabella Blow: Fashion Galore!” published by Rizzoli

For information: Somerset House

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