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The creativity of fashion editor / innovator Isobella Blow was celebrated in the exhibition ‘Isabella Blow: Fashion Galore!’ at Somerset House, London. The extraordinary life and wardrobe of the late fashion icon immortalised in the exhibition catalogue shot by photographer / director Nick Knight.the_snap_assembly_photography_nick_knight_Isobella_blow_02

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the_snap_assembly_photography_nick_knight_Isobella_blow_07Knight talks about his perception of the link between creativity and mental health issues in this frank, moving interview – probing the relationship between brilliance and madness.

The Question is raised whether the license to be creative is destructive in the end.

Nick Knight

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the_snap_assembly_photography_nick_knight_Isobella_blow_13Fashion Daphne Guinness also speaks about the importance of saving Isobella’s wardrobe as an archive, preserving creative greatness and nurturing spirit of her friend as one to be remembered ongoing.

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Five days before she died she said she felt she didn’t matter anymore.  This exhibition proves her wrong – she’s always going to matter now. 

Philip Treacy, Milliner

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Originally published by SNAP December 22, 2013

somersethouse.org.uk