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Fashion royalty and actual royalty turn out for Isabella Blow tribute

Wednesday, November 20, 2013 - 01:40

Nov. 20 - Mary J. Blige, Gemma Arterton and Princess Beatrice look back at fashion icon Isabella Blow's work six years after her death. Joel Flynn reports.

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Few people in the British fashion world evoke such respect. But the late muse and fashion director Isabella Blow is surely one of them. Fashion royalty and actual royalty turned out on Tuesday for an exhibition paying tribute to Blow. Singer Mary J. Blige, actress Gemma Arterton, and eclectic singer Grace Jones were among the attendees to see the collection of memorabilia of the fashion eccentric and trend-setter, who committed suicide in 2007 aged 48. Famous British milliner Stephen Jones said her death would continue to be a huge loss to the fashion world. SOUNDBITE: Milliner, Stephen Jones, saying (English): "There's nobody like that now who is a real mentor and a wonderful figure of inspiration because as well as introducing people she gave people something to dream of as well." The displays included works from Alexander McQueen and milliner Philip Treacy, whom Blow helped discover. The show is mostly put together from Blow's personal collection, bought outright on her death by childhood friend and fellow fashionista Daphne Guinness. SOUNDBITE: Fashionista, Daphne Guinness, saying (English): "It was when I did the exhibition at FIT (Fashion Institute of Technology), it was the children that liked it so much because they loved the imagination because it's not about the brands, it's not really about... it's about history, it's about a whole story that's within.... it's not just a label." SOUNDBITE: Fashionista, Daphne Guinness, saying (English): REPORTER ASKING QUESTION: "What do you think she'd think of all this now?" GUINNESS: "I think she'd be kind of happy." "Isabella Blow Fashion Galore!" at Somerset House in London runs until March 2.

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Fashion royalty and actual royalty turn out for Isabella Blow tribute

Wednesday, November 20, 2013 - 01:40

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