Coming to Blows?

BATD ON May 19, 2010 AT 11:43 am

The Late Isabella Blow and Alexander McQueen

The Late Isabella Blow and Alexander McQueen

The late fashion icon, Isabella Blow, is to have her wardrobe auctioned at Christie’s later this year.

The stunning collection of clothes includes over 90 outfits by her close friend Alexander McQueen – who committed suicide in February – 50 hats by Philip Treacy and many beautiful Manolo Blahnik shoes and all items will go under the hammer at London auction house Christie’s later this year.

Patricia Frost, director of Fashion and Textiles at Christie’s, told the New York Times: “What we have is unique. It shows that McQueen really deserves his place in fashion history and that Isabella was there before anyone else, she saw what was good so far ahead of the game.”

The sale, from the Blow estate and on behalf of her family, will be held on September 15th.

Blow – who killed herself in May 2007 after being diagnosed with ovarian cancer - was widely credited with discovering McQueen as a young designer, helping him on the way to his global success.

Isabella Blow

Isabella Blow

However, McQueen was forced to deny rumours there was a rift between the pair at the time of her tragic death. He said: “It’s so much b******s. These people just don’t know what they’re talking about. They don’t know me. They don’t know my relationship with Isabella. It’s complete bulls**t.

“People can talk; you can ask her sisters…. That part of the industry, they should stay away from my life, or mine and Isabella’s life. What I had with Isabella was completely disassociated from fashion, beyond fashion.”

Seeing this collection would be a real treat, but what a shame we have to view it in the knowledge that we’ve lost such influential characters to the world of fashion.

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