Isabella Blow: Fashion Galore!

Celebrating the extraordinary life and wardrobe of the late British patron of fashion and art.

Earning her stripes as Anna Wintour's assistant at US Vogue, Isabella Blow went onto become one of the most influential figures in the sartorial world thanks to stints as fashion director of the Sunday Times Style and Tatler.

Her provocative boundary-pushing fashion spreads, produced in collaboration with photographers such as Steven Meisel, David LaChapelle and Sean Ellis, were characteristic of the unique vision that set her apart from her contemporaries.

Blow both nurtured and inspired numerous artists and designers, launching the careers of Alexander McQueen, Philip Treacy, Hussein Chalayan and Julien Macdonald, as well as discovering models Sophie Dahl and Stella Tennant.

The exhibition is the result of a partnership between Somerset House, the Isabella Blow Foundation and Central Saint Martins College and showcases over a hundred pieces from her phenomenally stylish collection. 

Now owned by Daphne Guinness, it is one of the most important private archives of modern British fashion design.

Other sections of the display offer insight into Blow's aristocratic ancestral roots, passion for the English countryside, working methods and career highlights, as well as her obsession with hats and shoes.


Venue details

Somerset House Strand London WC2R 1LA 020 7845 4600 www.somersethouse.org.uk

Entry details

Standard entry £12.50

Somerset House is open daily

Embankment level 10am – 6pm

The Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court 7.30am – 11pm

River Terrace & Seamen's Hall 8am – 11pm

Embankment Galleries (during exhibitions) 10am – 6pm (last admission 5.15pm)

Terrace Rooms, Courtyard Rooms and East Wing Galleries  (during exhibitions) 10am – 6pm (last admission 5.45pm)

Times may vary. Call 020 7845 4600 for the latest information