What an absolute blast to meet a woman who I have admired from afar for so long.

Daphne Guiness – style guru supremo – is in Australia to launch the exhibition of her friend, the late Isabella Blow at the Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences.

I always remember seeing the beautifully eccentric Isabella Blow at the fashion shows is London, Paris, Milan and was constantly knocked out by her innate, sensational style.

Daphne purchased the entire fashion collection belonging to Isabella, as she was very close friend. And has since set up a charitable foundation in her memory. Unfortunately, we lost Isabella to suicide much too early.

Anyone can take a look at the exhibition at the MAAS in Ultimo, Sydney.

Loved the fact Daphne wore some very cool Romance Was Born to the after party, held at the acclaimed Sherman Gallery in Paddington.

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Isabella Blow: A Fashionable Life provides a rare chance to see garments, hats and shoes by iconic British designers such as McQueen and Treacy in addition to the designs of Manolo Blahnik, John Galliano, Jeremy Scott and Viktor & Rolf. The bespoke exhibition features approximately 100 objects from Isabella Blow’s collection and will be on display to 28 August 2016.

Isabella Blow nurtured the careers of many designers, photographers and models from the 1980s until her tragic death in 2007. The muse of milliner Philip Treacy, she is credited with discovering the models Stella Tennant and Sophie Dahl as well as the fashion designer Alexander McQueen. Her editorial work, the images she created and her personal collection of clothes, photographs and illustrations leave behind a legacy of one of fashion’s most talented mavericks.

In 2010, fashion muse, patron and artist, The Honourable Daphne Guinness purchased Isabella’s wardrobe and established the Isabella Blow Foundation. Guinness will visit Australia to open the exhibition and appear at a number of public events at the Powerhouse Museum and Westfield Sydney.

Deputy Premier and Minister for the Arts, Troy Grant said the Powerhouse continues to attract world- class exhibitions that will draw visitors from across the state and internationally.

“Isabella Blow: A Fashionable Life takes visitors on a journey of twentieth century British fashion through the lens of a fashion editor. Blow’s influence on local Australian and global trends is both immediately evident and fascinating,” Mr Grant said.

“With Collette Dinnigan: Unlaced also on show until the end of August, there is the chance for visitors to get a double dose of fashion at the Powerhouse this winter,” Mr Grant said.

 

 

Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events, Stuart Ayres said this exhibition continued to build Sydney’s reputation as the Australian home of fashion.

“This winter, visitors to Sydney have the opportunity to get a close up look at famous works by seminal British designers. With this exhibition exclusive to Sydney, this is the only place in Australia to see original, early works by designers who are now household names.”

“Against the backdrop of Wool Week, Vivid Sydney and Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia, this exhibition provides yet another reason to head to Sydney this May,” Mr Ayres said.

Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS) Director, Dolla Merrillees, said the exhibition continued the work of the MAAS Centre for Fashion.

“Through the MAAS Centre for Fashion we offer unique ways to explore the world of fashion, whether through the collections of fashion icons as with the Centre’s inaugural exhibition Collette Dinnigan: Unlaced, or by hearing first hand from esteemed fashion critics like Suzy Menkes.”

The exhibition will be accompanied by a series of public programs, including a week-long pop up at Westfield Sydney, which will feature intimate talks from Australia’s leading designers, and an event with Daphne Guinness in conversation with Harper’s Bazaar editor Kellie Hush at the Powerhouse Museum on 12 May.