Daphne Guinness Explains Why She Stopped Christie’s Auction Of Isabella Blow’s Belongings

In an unusually moving story for the Financial Times, heiress and fashion icon Daphne Guinness explains why she stopped the Christie’s London auction of the late fashion editor Isabella Blow’s belongings. Blow, who committed suicide three years ago and was well known for having “discovered” Alexander McQueen and her over-the-top Philip Treacy hats, was a close friend of Guinness, an heir to the Guinness beer fortune. After her death, Blow’s things were set to be auctioned off by the house in order to raise funds to pay off her debts. Her fashion archive includes one-of-a-kind McQueen garments, a trove of Treacy hats, and a hot pink Jun Takahashi burka in which Blow caused a sensation at a Paris fashion show. As Guinness reveals, this collection was a testament to Blow’s unique, pioneering fashion spirit, and “the auction would not be merely a sale of clothes; it would be a sale of what was left of Issie, and the carrion crows would gather and take away her essence forever.” So, in order to preserve her friend’s style archive, Guinness bought the entire lot and stopped the auction before it could start. “[I]t needs to be kept whole,” she writes of Blow’s legacy, “it is like a diary, a journey of a life, and a living embodiment of the dearest, most extraordinary friend.” [Financial Times]

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