Isabella Blow, fashion editor and muse of Alexander McQueen (of which she bought his whole graduate collection) and Philip Treacy, left a ledgacy of iconic pieces after her passing. The Somerset House in London will in November open an exhibit to her memory called Isabella Blow: Fashion Galore!, WWD reports.
The exhibition will include 100 pieces from her personal wardrobe including the complete spring/summer 2008 collection of Alexander McQueen dedicated to her, and is additionally to depict her aristocratic background as well as her close relationships to McQueen an Treacy. Composed by the Isabella Blow Foundation and Central Saint Martins, the exhibit will run from November 20 through March 2.
The new Chanel short film Once upon a time starring Keira Knightley as Coco Chanel was released today Wednesday. The film is directed by Karl Lagerfeld himself obviously, and also features the actresses of Clotilde Hesme and Tallulah Harlech and the the models Lindsey Wixson, Stella Tennant and Saskia de Brauw, Baptiste Giabiconi along with a lot of other familiar appearances.
As noted in the Youtube comment field, the acting and dialog seem a bit awkward, but it may be explicable by the fact that the actors and actresses were given their lines just minutes before the shoot. Or perhaps it was simply a well-aware choice by Karl Lagerfeld who apparently wanted the “natural effect”. Anyway, the costumes from earlier eras presented in the film are sufficient reason for watching it through.
The petition against John Galliano and his tutoring job at Parsons has succeeded. According to the an announcement the school sent to their students, Galliano refused to be part of a forum that would include a “frank discussion of his career”. The three-day master class called ”SHOW ME EMOTION” at Parson which Galliano would supposedly teach will therefore be cancelled.
The quasi punk features seen on the red carpet at yesterday’s Met Gala were nothing against the real punk inside the exhibition. Why didn’t Sarah Jessica Parker put one on of the above dresses for instance? (Perhaps that is more of a Carrie thing to do). Anyway, the exhibition opens on Thursday May 9 and is dividid into different themes, of both the cultural development of punk, following how it has been envisioned in couture. The latter is called Clothes for Heroes (the name origins from the marketing of clothing which Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm McLaren’s sold in London), and is told in four manifestations of DIY: Hardware, Bricolage, Graffiti and Agitprop, and Destroy.
DIY: Hardware focuses on how safety pins, zippers, spikes, studs, and chains are used in clothing, with featured designs from Riccardo Tisci and Gianni Versace. In DIY: Bricolage, designs from Gareth Pugh and Helmut Lang etc. show how objects are constructed in collages. DIY: Graffiti and Agitprop enhances brings up the use of paint and splatter (realised by Alexander McQueen during the S/S 1999 show, when splattering paint on a dress during a live performance), with clothing from Ann Demeulemeester and Viktor & Rolf. The last room DIY: Destroy, celebrates deconstruction and how it could be illustrating the reaction to economic crisis seen in designs from Maison Martin Margiela and Rodarte, among others.
Aside from the featured designs, the exhibition will include a recreation of Westwood and McLaren’s shop at 430 Kings Road in London as well as the bathroom (below) from the music venue CBGB in 1975.