The wardrobe of international icon Isabella Blow has been sold to another iconic figure in fashion, Daphne Guinness. Both women were close friends to Alexander McQueen, and Blow purchased his entire graduation collection, having recognized his talent from his earliest days as a designer. Blow’s wardrobe consists of 90 McQueen outfits, dresses by Galliano, and of course, the hats by Philip Treacy that Blow made famous.
Blow was an extraordinary personality. She was an editor for magazines including Vogue and Tatler and is credited with discovering model Sophie Dahl, but in her later years fell under the torment of bipolar disorder. Following several failed suicide attempts, Blow died at the age of 48 after ingesting a toxic weed killer in 2007. Blow had been McQueen’s biggest supporter and mentor, and following her death, Daphne Guinness took over in that role – and it only makes sense that she take on the mantle of caring for and preserving such an exquisite collection of fashion. “It’s Issy," Guinness said regarding the collection. "It’s her D.N.A, it should not be scattered to the four winds.”
While we expect that Guinness will one day allow a glimpse at the collection, until then here is a look at the style of two women who have made history with their inimitable eye for style...
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