Last month Christie's announced that in September it would be holding an auction of fashion pieces and photographs that belonged to Isabella Blow. Then yesterday it was revealed that that the auction had been cancelled as a private sale had taken place, ensuring that the collection would stay together. The buyer? Couture fan and friend of Isabella Blow, Daphne Guinness.
Guinness told Suzy Menkes of the New York Times yesterday, 'It’s Issy – it’s her D.N.A, it should not be scattered to the four winds. Like any artist, it should not be dispersed, but remain as a monument with people having access to it.'
The collection includes over 90 pieces, including dresses by John Galliano, over 50 hats by Philip Treacy and, of course, a clutch of creations by her protégé, Alexander McQueen. There are also photographs by the likes of Marion Testino, Karl Lagerfeld and Stephen Meisel. There's no doubting that, as a whole, it's a slice of fashion history, and we're keeping our fingers crossed that it will be exhibited in a museum or gallery so that fans of Isabella can see it.