It was a crisp autumn evening in London as our car arrived at the neoclassical grandeur of Somerset House. I had been invited by my friend, The Hon Daphne Guinness, to chaperone her on this most important of days, Tuesday November 19th 2013, when her dear and greatly missed friend, Isabella Blow, would have turned fifty-five years of age on this very day.
People were not here to mourn this fact though, rather to celebrate and honor Isabella’s inimitable and authentic presence and influence whilst she was here on Earth, and wow how she brightened up our Sundays with the only supplement anyone needed. Seriously though, she left such an irreplaceable and multi-layered legacy that (thanks to the hard and tireless work of many of those closest to her) is collated and honored here in an exhibit of her influence on fashion and the arts whilst also celebrating her supportive and pioneering personality.
“Five days before she died she said she felt she didn’t matter anymore. This exhibition proves her wrong – she’s always going to matter now”
– Philip Treacy (Milliner)
Isabella Blow: Fashion Galore!