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Blow me down with a feather – Isabella Blow exhibition at Somerset House

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As a Milliner, a lover of fashion and devoted to red lipstick I knew this was a exhibition worth seeing and it didn’t disappoint!

My dear friend Cathy and I and braved the chills and headed down to Somerset House before Christmas for our cultural day out.

Isabella Blow exhibition at Somerset House

I knew a bit about Isabella Blow;  her iconic fashion status and her love of hats.

Born to an English aristocratic family. I knew that she was pitched as the lady that elevated McQueen to stardom – so enamoured with his work she bought his entire  MA fashion show, paying him back in monthly instalments. She supported the remarkable Philip Treacy with his Millinery career, later to become his muse. She also is famed for getting the gorgeous Sophie Dahl to stardom.

These are just a couple of the spectacular pieces that you will see.

You wonder around the exhibit learning about her life whilst walking next to pieces of art. If you are a lover of fashion and beautiful construction, you get up close and personal with some of McQueens and Treacy’s work.

With a career spanning 30 years in the fashion industry. Starting as Anna Wintor’s assistant at American Vogue in the 80s to becoming editor of Tatler magazine and The Sunday Times Style magazine back in London she had a love of fashion and an appreciation of fine design.

Isabella Blow loved and was loved the industry , she became an icon.

The fantastically fashion fearless Isabella Blow.

The fantastically fashion fearless Isabella Blow.

I ended up falling in love with this amazing woman and her pivotal role in supporting British designers to become national treasures, she appreciated the  extraordinary skills of designers and how much work and talent goes into the couture construction and the genius behind the final garments.

On leaving…

We left the exhibition really moved, especially by the final catwalk show We continued having a wonderful discussion afterwards, over a very classy burrito, about the importance of designers, makers and muses, their interaction with each other the team of people that help create something or someone very special.

If you are into fashion, making,costume, design, hats and English eccentricity - head down, its a brilliant show. The exhibition is on until 2nd March so if you live in London and fancy a cultural day out or if you are coming to London and fancy seeing a wonderful exhibit, it is worth a look.


I fell in love with millinery about 9 years ago.The idea of creating a construction where the possibilities are seemingly endless was so appealing, coupled with the history and the relevance of wearing them. Status, occasion, importance, the list goes on, but  there are so many reasons why we wear hats.

1920s Cloche hatFeathered Hat with veiling for Square Mile Magazine

I made this cloche style hat for a shoot for Cloth Magazine and a feathered headpiece with veiling for Square Mile Magazine

I have always worn hats and have a lovely vintage collection, when I  was younger it was mainly to control my frizzy hair!

You don’t have to be a seamstress to make hats, it helps to know how to use a sewing machine but it is not essential. Making headpieces or fascinators is a great way to make something that is totally individual to you.

We offer an amazing fascinator session for hen dos and birthday parties. Learn some basic techniques to create you very own, totally unique feathered or flowered masterpiece.

Hen Doooos Hats and Headbands

We offer loads of hen do, birthdays, little people parties and baby showers – just get in contact for further information.

In the mean time, how about getting the girls together to make your very own Ascot hat to wow at the races!

Thanks for listening X

If you are after a bespoke hat for any occasion please contact me - Arianna for full details.



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