​‘Fashion Blows’ showcases a sartorial snapshot of Isabella Blow’s life at Toronto's The Room

The Bay has unveiled Fashion Blows at The Room, an exhibition that showcases a collection of outfits worn by legendary British stylist Isabella Blow.

In 2007, Isabella ended her life – prior to her passing, she was an accomplished editor who championed Alexander McQueen before he had made his rise to superstardom.

Following the fashion icon’s death, artist and beer heiress Daphne Guinness purchased a large portion of Isabella's wardrobe, which had been on sale for auction at Christie’s auction house in London in 2010. Since that day, Daphne created the Isabella Blow Foundation that supports new talent and aims to assist with mental illness in the fashion industry.

Last week, on Oct. 22, a dinner and auction was hosted by celebrity milliner Philip Treacy (another Isabella discovery), Daphne and Hudson’s Bay president Liz Rodbell.

All proceeds from the auction went to support CAMH, a mental health facility in Toronto. The event also committed to raise funds that would sponsor a Canadian fashion student to join the MA program at Central Saint Martins in London.

At the event, Daphne spoke candidly about the collection and her dear friend, noting, “The clothes are an embodiment of Isabella’s life’s work. The collection is iconic in that it embodies an extraordinary time in fashion. The various outfits are chapters in her memoirs. Issie collected by intuition. She couldn’t have cared less about trends.”

Fashion Blows exhibits 55 pieces from Isabella’s extensive collection, including her first business suit from women’s sportswear-designer Bill Blass. Other pieces from Alexander McQueen, Philip, Deborah Milner, Christian Dior, John Galliano and more will be shown throughout the space of The Room.

The exhibit ends Nov. 1 at The Bay on Queen St. W.


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