Fashion exhibitions at Somerset House are always an event – they, the V&A and Saatchi beat the Fashion and Textile Museum any day as far as I’m concerned.
Fashion Galore! is not only a fantastic exhibition of Blow’s extensive fashion collection, but also an intimate and poignant reflection of a life well lived.
See the full review on Aesthetica blog, and have a look at their current edition for the top film, fine art and photography on show during the festive season – including a few pages from yours truly, on Philippe Parreno’s incredible exhibition at the Palais de Tokyo, Paris. I’m desperate to visit it myself!
Back to Blow, and the most memorable elements of Fashion Galore! which for me were the two fashion films which form its finale: one of which documents the catalogue shoot, and La Dame Bleue, the 2008 McQueen collection dedicated to Isabella herself.
After a walk through Isabella’s personal life and career, viewing this collaboration between Alexander McQueen and Philip Treacy comes as quite the emotive surprise – emphasising the influence and lasting impression of one of the British fashion world’s most celebrated collectors, fashion editors and muses.
Visit Fashion Galore! at Somerset House before March 2nd, and have a peek at La Dame Bleue here…