The Isabella Blow Foundation


Louise Wilson
1962 - 2014

Trustee, tour de force and friend.

Louise was known for her exacting teaching style and fearless approach. Revered by her students and within the wider fashion industry, she will be affectionately remembered and sorely missed.

Isabella Blow: Fashion Galore!

Image Nick Knight. Hat - Philip Treacy, 2001. Red swirl hat with feather detailing, silk, and feather. Dress- Teerabul Songvich, Central Saint Martins BA Fashion Collection 1999. Silver paillette A-line dress, paillette sequins. Worn to ‘Stephen Burrows Party', Henri Bendel, New York, 11 February 2002.

The Isabella Blow Foundation is thrilled to announce our forthcoming exhibition in collaboration with Somerset House and Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design.

Isabella Blow: Fashion Galore! will open on 20th November 2013 and run until 2nd March 2014. One of the foundation’s primary objectives was to stage an exhibition, and to have this goal realised in such a culturally significant setting, with the support of Isabella’s family, is truly exciting. Co-curated by Alistair O’Neill and Shonagh Marshall, the exhibition will showcase Isabella’s idiosyncratic wardrobe amassed throughout her expansive styling career. The iconic collection, now owned by Daphne Guinness, is being loaned to the exhibition along with photographs, correspondence and footage contributed by those who knew her and whose lives she changed. Spanning her life and loves, the show will explore the well of cultural and historical inspirations from which her work sprung, with instillations created by celebrated set designer Shona Heath. Among the pieces exhibited will be highlights from Alexander McQueen’s precious graduate collection; famously purchased in its entirety by Blow when she discovered him at St Martin’s. In addition: assorted hats by protégé Philip Treacy, as well as pieces by designers she championed including Jeremy Scott, Julien Macdonald, Viktor & Rolf, Fendi, Escada, Prada, and Marni.

We have every confidence that Fashion Galore! will do justice to Isabella’s inimitable personality and the epic legacy she left behind. We look forward to seeing you there.

For more information and to buy tickets, please visit the exhibition page on the Somerset House website.

Benefit Auction

To coincide with the opening of the exhibition and to raise funds for the Foundation.

Isabella Blow: Fashion Galore!

This charitable Foundation seeks to honour the memory of Isabella Blow, to support aspiring art and fashion students and to facilitate further research in the fields of depression and mental health.


  1. To promote British fashion and encourage young and aspiring art and fashion students.
  2. To create bursary and scholarship funds, enabling students to develop their aspirations and careers in the art and fashion worlds.
  3. To develop, curate and establish a public exhibition of Isabella’s clothing. The social, cultural and historical significance of the collection cannot be underestimated and the Foundation would seek to exhibit the collection at a number of venues around the world.
  4. To raise awareness and allocate financial resources to charities working within the areas of depression and mental health.

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Daphne Guinness

Image: Nick Knight

The Daphne Guinness Collection Sold to Benefit the Isabella Blow Foundation

Christie’s is pleased to reveal highlights from The Daphne Guinness Collection; Sold to Benefit the Isabella Blow Foundation, a spectacular single-owner evening auction took place on 27 June 2012 at Christie’s South Kensington saleroom.

Comprising around 100 lots, the auction featured a selection of dresses, coats, skirts, tops and jackets belonging to Daphne Guinness, as well as selected photographs and her signature shoes. The purpose of the auction was to launch and raise funds for The Isabella Blow Foundation.

Interview with Daphne Guinness before the auction:

Registered Charity No. 1147448