Fashion aficionados who had been hoping to purchase an outfit from the clothing collection of the late style-maven Isabella Blow at Christie’s this September are out of luck, as deep-pocketed fashion-lover Daphne Guinness, a friend of Blow, is believed to have stepped in and purchased the collection in full from the auction house. The auction has been canceled.
Blow’s collection includes gems by marquee names like Philip Treacy, Manolo Blahnik, John Galliano, and the late Alexander McQueen, whose first collection Blow purchased piece by piece until she owned the entire collection. As ARTINFO reported last month, the auction was set to include 90 pieces by McQueen and 50 hats by Treacy, Blow’s long-time friend.
Christie’s has refused to confirm that Guinness is the buyer, and has not disclosed a price, though Women’s Wear Daily cites industry sources that peg her as the purchaser. “The reaction to news of the Isabella Blow collection has been a tribute to the dedication and style of a true fashion muse,” Patricia Frost, Christie’s director of vintage fashion and textiles, told WWD.
Devotees of Blow’s style need not become too dispirited, though. Publisher Thames & Hudson plans to offer a coffee-table book this September that will provide an in-depth look at the collection.