To celebrate Somerset House's Isabella Blow: Fashion Galore! exhibition, launched in partnership with the Isabella Blow Foundation and Central Saint Martins, SHOWstudio honours the extraordinary life and wardrobe of the late fashion editor with a multidisciplinary project.
Blow's iconic wardrobe and hats are memorialised in a breath-taking fashion film by Ruth Hogben, which also features in the exhibition itself at Somerset House. Nick Knight's catalogue images, which show models including Liberty Ross and Alexia Wight clad in pieces from Blow's wardrobe, are also displayed. To celebrate Blow's popularity and influence within the fashion industry and beyond, Lou Stoppard conducted a variety of interviews with Blow's friends and followers, including longtime collaborators Philip Treacy, Amanda Harlech, Nick Knight and Daphne Guinness, her former Sunday Times Style boss Jeremy Langmead and her niece Harriet Verney. These talks - some long, some short - reflect the kindness and brilliance of Blow. Similarly, essays by a range of experts, including Simon Kyaga and Alex Fury, unpick and explore different themes pertaining to her life, from the relationship between mental illness and creativity to the role of the 'muse'.