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31 Reasons Why Fashion Icon Isabella Blow Is The Absolute Best

Before there was Gaga or Dello Russo or wacky street style period, there was Isabella Blow. And she was wonderful.

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Celebrate the incomparable stylist's legacy as British museum Somerset House announces a retrospective of her life and wardrobe.

It will be great.

2. And because she once wore a lobster "hat," Schiaparelli-style.

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It didn't look ridiculous in the least, and there are few people who can pull such a look off without looking like they fell in the fresh fish counter at Whole Foods.

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8. One more hat, because it's lovely, and because hats were her thing.

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Blow once explained her love of the accessory as a way "to keep everyone away from me. They say, Oh, can I kiss you? I say, No, thank you very much. That's why I've worn the hat. Goodbye." Now that is a British way to do things.

10. Treacy first designed a headpiece for the bridal look she chose for her second wedding, to art dealer Detmar Blow.

And thus began their long-standing friendship and collaboration. (Also, she wore this to her wedding.)

12. She's also widely credited with discovering Alexander McQueen.

Via i.telegraph.co.uk

Blow famously purchased McQueen's entire graduate collection for ₤5,000, paying him back in weekly installments of ₤100. She remained a fervent champion of his work, and a firm friend.

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15. Following her death in 2007, invites to the spring/summer 2008 McQueen show featured a tribute to Blow.

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After numerous suicide attempts, Blow (suffering from depression) excused herself from a weekend party at her estate by saying she was going shopping. Instead, she drank weedkiller and was found, collapsed, in her bathroom by her sister. Blow died in hospital a day later.

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25. She even wore Gaga's pink burqa first.

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That's Blow attending the Christian Dior show during Paris Fashion Week in January 2003; Gaga performing at Philip Treacy's spring 2013 show at London Fashion Week in September 2012.

27. She sat next to André Leon Talley once when he wore a velour tracksuit to a fashion show.

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After starting her career as assistant to Anna Wintour (then fashion director) at U.S. Vogue, Blow spent time as Talley's assistant too.

Isabella Blow: Fashion Galore! will open at Somerset House in November, thanks to a special partnership with Blow's close friend Daphne Guinness, the Isabella Blow Foundation, and London fashion college Central Saint Martins.

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