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Exhibition Catalogue: Isabella Blow Fashion Galore!

published on 4 November 2013

Nick Knight shot hats and garments from Isabella Blow’s legendary collection at Doddington Hall, Blow’s ancestral home.

Nick Knight shot hats and garments from Isabella Blow’s legendary collection at Doddington Hall, Blow’s ancestral home.

Left Hat: Philip Treacy, 1997; Skirt: Alexander McQueen, A/W 96; Bustier: Rigby & Peller; Shoes: Manolo Blahnik. Right Hat: Philip Treacy, 2006; Coat: John Galliano for Christian Dior, A/W 2003
Hat: Philip Treacy, 1997; Grey feather headpiece, silk, feather, and Swarovski crystal. Skirt: Alexander McQueen, A/W 96; Lilac skirt with train and black lace overlay, satin, and lace. Bustier: Rigby & Peller. Shoes: Manolo Blahnik
Skirt: Alexander McQueen, S/S 97; Sheer pencil skirt with painted Chinese blossom detail, silk, and paint
Coat: Alexander McQueen, S/S 03; Black frock coat with feather stand-up collar and embroidery detailing, silk, and feather
Hat: Philip Treacy, 2004; Net dome hat, net. Coat: Louis Vuitton, A/W 04; Black silk draped low-cut dress, silk. Worn to the film premiere of 'The Phantom of the Opera', London, 6 December 2004
Exterior: Doddington Castle, Cheshire
Jacket: Comme des Garçons, A/W 04; Cropped one sleeved sheer jacket with corsage, silk tulle, and wool. Underwear: Rigby & Peller. Shoes: Manolo Blahnik
Hat: Philip Treacy, 1999; White cut out circle hat, cut feather. Dress: Alexander McQueen, S/S 05; Mint green ballon dress with bustier, silk, tulle and cotton
Hat: Philip Treacy, 2001; Silver metallic eclipse hat, Plexiglas. Top: Viktor & Rolf, A/W 98; Black metallic top with Lurex pom-pom, wool, Lurex, and metallic thread. Shoes: Manolo Blahnik, S/S 94; Black square peep-toe mules, suede and diamante
Hat: Philip Treacy, 2003; Black feather hat, feather. Jacket: Alexander McQueen, A/W 96; Lilac jacket with train and beaded embroidered lace overlay, watermarked silk, beading, and lace
Hat: Philip Treacy, 2001; Sliver metallic eclipse hat, plexiglas. Dress: Julien Macdonald, A/W 97; Sliver gossamer knit dress with false hair detail, wool and false hair
Hat: Philip Treacy for Alexander McQueen, S/S 05; Hand-carved Chinese garden hat, balsa wood. Coat: Alexander McQueen, A/W 04; Tan crocodile-effect off-the-shoulder coat, leather. Worn to Alexander McQueen, Paris Fashion Week, A/W 05
Still life, Doddington Estate, Cheshire
Dress: John Galliano, c. 1989. Green structured dress with cut-out pleat detail, cotton. Shoes: Alexander McQueen for Givenchy Couture, A/W 97. Black patent cloven hoof mule, patent leather
Dress: Alexander McQueen, A/W 96; Black lace dress with headdress, antlers, train and flesh chevron panel detail, lace, and tulle
Hat: Philip Treacy, S/S 00; Green orchid hat, silk, and feather. Dress: Alexander McQueen, A/W 97; Sheer flesh dress with floral appliqué, tulle
Hat: Philip Treacy for Alexander McQueen, S/S 02; Red matador hat, leather. Jacket: Alexander McQueen For Givenchy Couture. S/S 98; Black hessian bell-sleeve swing jacket, hessian, and silk
Mask: Philip Treacy, 2006, feather, and Swarovski crystal. Kimono: Alexander McQueen For Givenchy Couture, A/W 97; Black kimono, satin silk, silk embroidery, and feather. Worn to 'Rainforest Respoke Bespoke Party', Claridges, London, 18 October 2006
Mask: Philip Treacy, 2006, feather, and Swarovski crystal. Kimono: Alexander McQueen For Givenchy Couture, A/W 97; Black kimono, satin silk, silk embroidery, and feather. Worn to 'Rainforest Respoke Bespoke Party', Claridges, London, 18 October 2006
Hat: Philip Treacy, A/W 99; Electric blue spike hat, silk, and paper. Jacket: John Galliano, A/W 95; Black 'tech poodle' jacket with ruffled collar and cuffs, wool, and chiffon. Underwear: Rigby & Peller
Exterior: Doddington Hall, Cheshire
Hat: Philip Treacy and Simon Periton, A/W 99; Cut out anarchy symbol hat, foam. Dress: Tristan Webber, S/S 00; Red silk dress with blue appliquéd leather detailing, silk, and leather. Shoes: Manolo Blahnik
Hat: Philip Treacy, 2005; Black feather-spray hat, feather. Coat: Alexander McQueen, A/W 99; White fur coat, rabbit fur. Underwear: Rigby & Peller. Shoes: Manolo Blahnik
Hat: Philip Treacy, 1992; Multi-coloured hat, recycled plastic, and Swarovski crystal. Jacket: Prada, c. 2005; Navy blue jacket with velvet ribbon trim, suiting, and silk velvet
Hat: Philip Treacy A/W 98; Arrows of Love headdress, silk, glitter Lycra, and feather. Skirt: Alexander McQueen, S/S 01; Raffia panelled skirt with chrysanthemum embroidery, raffia and silk embroidery
Hat: Philip Treacy, 2003; Cream headpiece with feather spray. Jacket and Skirt: Alexander McQueen S/S 05; Shoes: Manolo Blahnik. Worn to the film premiere of 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy’, London, 20 April 2005
Hat: Philip Treacy, S/S 03; Feather cut out dollar headpiece. Dress: Louis Vuitton, c. 2004; Green silk bustier dress with pleat and jewel detailing. Worn to host the opening of 'One Gallery, One Night, One Chance', The Hospital, London, 24 November 2005
Hat: Philip Treacy, A/W 01; Victorian lace hat, lace, and silk. Jacket: Alexander McQueen, A/W 96; Black cropped jacket with frogging and side train, wool. Underwear: Rigby & Peller. Shoes: Manolo Blahnik
Coat: Yoshiki Hishinuma, c, 1999; Red, green, brown, and pink voluminous coat, waxed plastic. Worn to Celine, Paris Fashion Week, A/W 99, Paris, March 1999
All in one: Alexander McQueen for Givenchy Couture, A/W 00; Blue wool pinstripe all in on, wool and LED lights set in stripe. Shoes: Manolo Blahnik
Detail of antique armadillo shell bag
Hat: Philip Treacy, 1990; Black horns hat, satin and net. Coat: Alexander McQueen, c.2006; Black velvet coat with buillion embroidery, velvet, metal thread and beading. Worn to 'Anselm Kiefer: Aperiatur Terra Party'. NCP Car Park, London, 25 January 2007
Hat: Philip Treacy, A/W 99; Mesh sculpted hat. Bolero: Alexander McQueen, S/S 04; Peach bolero, feather, and silk. Dress: Alexander McQueen, S/S 03; Black bustier dress, polyamide. Worn to launch party for 'Bergdorf Blondes' by Plum Sykes, Annabel's, 2004
Hat: Philip Treacy, A/W 98; Dress: Alexander McQueen for Givenchy Couture, A/W 97; Shoes: Manolo Blahnik. Worn to the 'Krug Rose Celebration VIP Party’, London, 28 June 2005
Interior, Doddington Hall, Cheshire
Hat: Philip Treacy, A/W 98; Black coil hat, velvet, net and Swarovski crystal. Cape and skirt: Teerabul Songvich, 2000; Multicoloured paillette sequin cape and A-line skirt, paillette sequin
Still life, Doddington Hall, Cheshire
Ruff: Alexander McQueen. A/W 95. McQueen tartan ruff with beading detail, wool, silk and beading. Dress: Alexander McQueen, A/W 03. McQueen tartan dress with velvet bow detailing and tulle underskirt, wool, velvet, and tulle
Hat: Philip Treacy, 1995; Opium hat, silk lace, silk satin, feather, and Swarovski crystal. Top: Alexander McQueen, Central Saint Martins MA Fashion Collection 1992; Sheer black tabard with glitter detailing, silk, and glitter
Hat: Philip Treacy, A/W 98; Shocking Pink Roswell Hat, Pink DuPont Lycra stretch satin. Shoes: Manolo Blahnik, 1997; Black pointed toe court shoes with studded ankle strap, leather, and metal (stylist's own)
Hat: Philip Treacy, 2004; Silver disk headpiece with sequin flower detail, glitter Lycra, and sequins. Suit: Alexander McQueen, S/S 04; Black fitted jacket and skirt with sheer flesh inserts, suiting, and tulle
Hat: Philip Treacy S/S 2003; Cut out mouths pop art hat, paper, silk, and wire. Dress: Chalayan, S/S 99; Cream folded pleat dress, silk
Hat: Philip Treacy, 1999; Green feather-spray headpiece, feather. Jacket: Alexander McQueen, A/W 96; Blue and gold cropped jacket with slashed detailing, silk. Skirt: Alexander McQueen, S/S 97; Orange and bronze jacquard pencil skirt, silk
Top: Alexander McQueen, S/S 01; Black one-shouldered top with feather detail, silk, and feather
Shoe: Manolo Blahnik, 1997; Black pointed toe court shoes with studded ankle strap, leather, and metal (stylist's own)
Hat: Philip Treacy, S/S 01; White feather headdress, feather. Coat: Alexander McQueen, c.2003; Prince of Wales check coat with bullion embroidery trim, wool, and embroidery. Dress: Varun Bahl, c.2003; Cream silk slip dress, silk. Bag: antique armadillo s
Hat: Philip Treacy, 2005; Peach headband with feather detail, feather, and silk. Bustier: Rigby & Peller. Skirt: Alexander McQueen, S/S 00; White A-line skirt with blue embroidery, silk
Hat: Philip Treacy, 1990; Black stacked feather headdress, feather. Coat: Alexander McQueen, A/W 02; Black pleat detail frock coat, silk. Dress: Alexander McQueen, A/W 96; Black lace full-length dress with slit, lace
Hat: Philip Treacy, S/S 03; Red lips hat, silk. Dress: Alexander McQueen, S/S 03; Black and white laser cut rubber dress with leather harness, rubber, silk, and leather. Worn to the 'White Tie & Tiara Ball' hosted by Elton John, Berkshire, 21 June 2004
Hat: Philip Treacy, 1993; Black sculptural hat with pom-pom detail, wool. Top and Skirt: Alexander McQueen, c. 2005; Striped lilac top and skirt with lace upper and bow detail, twilled cotton. Worn to the 'Miss Selfridge Fashion Show Party', London, 2005
Hat: Philip Treacy, A/W 01; Red swirl hat with feather detailing, silk, and feather. Dress: Teerabul Songvich, CSM BA Fashion Collection 1999; Silver paillette A-line dress, paillette sequins. Worn to Stephen Burrows Party, Henri Bende, NY, February 2002
Shoes: Benoit Meleard, 2000; Leather circle shoes with screw heel, leather, and metal
Coat: Alexander McQueen, 2003; Black Belle Epoque-inspired coat with pleat detailing, silk velvet. Label inscribed 'McQueen, Isabella, 2003'
Dress: Julien Macdonald for Antonio Berardi, A/W 1996; Red gossamer knit dress, wool
Jacket: Alexander McQueen, Central Saint Martins MA Fashion Collection 1992; Pink frock coat with black hawthorn print, silk - detail of cigarette burn
Jacket: Alexander McQueen, Central Saint Martins MA Fashion Collection 1992; Pink frock coat with black hawthorn print, silk. Underwear: Rigby & Peller
Jacket: Alexander McQueen, Central Saint Martins MA Fashion Collection 1992; Duchess satin jacket with boned bustle back and points at the front, silk. Underwear: Rigby & Peller. Shoes: Manolo Blahnik
Top: Alexander McQueen, S/S 01; Dusty pink ruffle detail top, silk
Coat: Deborah Milner, A/W 97; Red coat with fur collar, silk velvet, and fur
Jacket: Alexander McQueen, A/W 03; White suede hooded jacket with heavy red embroidery, goat hair hood and cuffs. Shoes: Benoit Meleard for Jeremy Scott, S/S 98; Sunglasses: Alain Mikli. Worn to the'New Vauxhall Concept Car Party' London, 15 April 2004
Burka: Undercover by Jun Takahashi, S/S 03; Shocking pink sheer burka with printed teddy bear detail, tulle. Worn to Christian Dior, Haute Couture S/S 03, January 2003
Coat: Alexander Mcqueen, A/W 99; White fur coat, rabbit fur. Dress: Alexander McQueen, S/S 02; Black and white bustier stitched cowhide dress, cowhide, and tulle. Shoes: Manolo Blahnik
Dress: Alexander McQueen, A/W 06; Cream bullion embroidered dress, silk, and beading
Dress: Alexander McQueen, Central Saint Martins MA Fashion Collection 1992; Black dress with sheer sleeves and glitter detail at front, silk, and glitter
Jacket: Alexander McQueen, S/S 02; Black beaded matador jacket, silk, and beading. Dress: Alexander McQueen, 2003; Black bandeau dress with zip detail, chiffon, and metal
Sculpture, Doddington Hall, Cheshire
Headpiece: Philip Treacy and Simon Periton, A/W 99; Shocking pink barbed wire cut out headpiece, paper, and silk. Dress: Alexander McQueen, S/S 99; Light green lace structured dress. Worn to the opening of 'Sam Taylor Wood', Hayward Gallery, 24 April 2002
Sculpture, Doddington Hall, Cheshire
Coat: Alexander McQueen, S/S 03; Black frock coat with feather stand-up collar and embroidery detailing, silk, and feather
Photographic Direction:
Models:
Liberty Ross at Storm Models, Amber Anderson at Tess Management, Kirsi Pyrhonen at Viva London, Xiao Wen Ju at IMG, Anais Mali at Viva London and Alexia Wight
Hat Placement and Hat-making:
Hair:
Laurent Philippon
Make Up:
Topolino at Calliste
Digital Post Production:
Thanks to:
Daphne Guinness, Shonagh Marshall and all at Somerset House

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