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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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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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