That personal collection of Isabella Blow’s that Daphne Guinness bought in bulk is being put to good use. The late muse and editor is finally getting her own, if posthumous, exhibition of her wackadoodle wardrobe, in partnership with the Isabella Blow Foundation (founded by Guinness) and Central Saint Martins.
Promising to be a major show, Isabella Blow: Fashion Galore! will go on view at London’s Somerset House in November, showcasing over 100 items—apparel, shoes, and of course hats—from Blow’s closet, including Alexander McQueen’s entire spring 2008 collection, which was dedicated in her memory. Other spotlight-grabbing labels include Hussein Chalayan, Prada, and Philip Treacy, the milliner whom she’s credited with discovering.
The exhibit will also examine the context of the fashion-as-art pieces by looking at ”the rarefied world of British aristocracy” that Blow was born into, as well as her early career assisting Anna Wintour at Vogue and her later tenure at Tatler, British Vogue, and Sunday Times Style.