Portrait of the Day: Isabella Blow

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14 September 2017, 12:30

Room 37A


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Isabella Blow
by Tim Noble, by Sue Webster
NPG 6872

Journalist and stylist. Isabella Blow is credited with discovering and promoting the careers of designer Hussein Chalayan, milliner Philip Treacy, photographer Juergen Teller, and designer Alexander McQueen. Working for British and American Vogue, Tatler and The Sunday Times style magazine. Blow's own flamboyant style made her a muse for designers such as Alexander McQueen. In this portrait, a spotlight transforms an amorphous collection of objects into a silhouette of Blow's head. The artists, Sue Webster, and Tim Noble were fascinated by what they saw as Blow's gothic quality and chose to depict her as though on a stake.

Please note places are limited due to restricted space.

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery's Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.

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