The Hudson’s Bay and The Isabella Blow Foundation have collaborated to launch Fashion Blows, an exhibit celebrating the extraordinary life and wardrobe of the late British patron of fashion and art, Isabella Blow. Fashion Blows will mark the first time that pieces from Isabella Blow’s collection will be shown outside of London, England! The exhibit will be staged inside The Room at Hudson’s Bay Queen Street and will be open to the public beginning October 23rd, during regular store hours. The exhibit is free of charge and will run until the close of business on Saturday, November 1, 2014.
The pieces included in Fashion Blows were acquired by The Honourable Daphne Guinness in 2010 and have undergone meticulous conservation and were as much an expression of Isabella, as they were of the fantastical world in which she lived and the world she loved. The decision was made to not restore any of the pieces so that, in essence, they retain the spirit of how Isabella wore them — cigarette burns, water stains, rips and all. It is the clothing that now tells her story and holds her memories in each wrinkle, crease and well worn hem.
Fashion Blows will feature 55 pieces from Isabella Blow’s collection, including 15 hats from designers Alexander McQueen, Philip Treacy, Deborah Milner, Dior and Galliano. The exhibit will also feature a collection of pieces from Daphne Guinness’s personal collection from designers Alexander McQueen, including one custom made piece, Gareth Pugh and Chanel.
“It was a pleasure to be able to work with The Isabella Blow Foundation,” says Abigail Slone of Hudson’s Bay.
Our goal was to bring pieces that would help us tell her story — from how much she loved and lived in her clothes, to her life as a visionary and muse.
Fashion Blows will lead guests through Isabella Blow’s life and career, featuring her first business suit by Bill Blass, as a journalist, stylist, editor consultant, visionary and muse. It will also glimpse at the glitz and glamour of the runways, shows and nightlife. A section devoted to the late designer Alexander McQueen will highlight Isabella’s relationship with the late designer and will showcase one piece from his Central Saint Martins’ MA collection where they first met.