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Showing posts with label Isabella Blow. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Isabella Blow. Show all posts

Friday, May 13, 2011

Daphne Guinness Wants to Showcase Her Isabella Blow Collection in a ‘Virtual Museum’

Daphne Guinness calls buying all of late fashion editor Isabella Blow's wardrobe to halt its auction "probably the maddest decision ever." Speaking late last week to Platinum and Centurion American Express cardholders at an exclusive tour of the Met's new "Savage Beauty" exhibit — showcasing the work of her and Blow's friend Alexander McQueen — she explained
I thought what’s going to happen is the pieces are going to be lost. She had an incredible eye and she truly loved her pieces, they're like a diary. I didn’t want to buy them and wear them, I wanted to buy them and keep them because I think it’s very interesting for students and people who are interested in fashion to see.
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Monday, April 11, 2011

Beautiful Images of Met’s Alexander McQueen

On May 2 the annual Met Ball kicks of the Metropolitan Museum's Costume Institute's new exhibit, Savage Beauty, a retrospective of Alexander McQueen's work. The hefty catalogue of the exhibit was recently distributed, and it features new glorious photos of some of the late designer's most glorious pieces. The book also includes Tim Blanks's interview with McQueen's successor, Sarah Burton — one of the most extensive that's been conducted to date. Burton tells Blanks that when McQueen (she calls him by his first name, Lee) got the call from LVMH to go to Givenchy, he merely thought they were calling him to do a handbag collaboration with Louis Vuitton, which was the hot thing in fashion at the time. Burton went with him to Givenchy. "We had one pattern-cutting table, which used to belong to Body Map and Flyte Ostell, with chairs that didn't reach the table. When Lee got the Givenchy job, we got chairs that reached the table," she tells Blanks. "And he was really excited because it meant there was money coming in, and he could do things he'd never done before." One of the most memorable collections from those days was for fall 1999, "which involved a model in a Perspex robotic body," Burton says. "The guy who made the robot told us ten minutes before the model walked out, 'If she sweats in the suit, she's going to electrocute herself. So tell her not to sweat.' ".
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