A new Sydney exhibition celebrates Isabella Blow’s unique style

Isabella Blow once said “I’m a walking billboard. That’s my pleasure”.

And thanks to the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney, there are now a series of billboard worthy outfits on display in their latest exhibition dedicated to renowned British stylist, editor and muse.

Considering Blow not only nurtured the talent of Alexander McQueen and Philip Treacy but also played muse, you can expect to see 172 pieces – cigarette burns and all – of what feels more like art than fashion and ranges from clothing to shoes, Jewellery and hats.

Special mention includes McQueen’s entire graduate collection – famously purchased by Blow herself.

For those who aren’t fashion obsessives – it’s simply worth coming along for the ride to get a feel for the wonderfully, outlandish character that Blow was. She, very much did not play by the rules, and thankfully so.

One of the first looks, a kimono jacket and skirt by Alexander McQueen for Givenchy, is the very couture piece Blow tried to just casually expense as “business attire” when working at Sunday times style. All 39,000 French Francs of it.

The collection is Down Under for its first time and chaperoned by none other than dear friend and fellow style maven, Daphne Guinness.

It was Guinness who purchased Blow’s wardrobe in effort to keep it from going to auction following her death in 2007.

It’s exciting to see such a fascinating fashion offering in Sydney, and well worth a visit.


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