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Isabella Blow Wardrobe Heads to Auction

Alexander McQueen designs and Philip Treacy millinery creations in Isabella Blow's archive will go under the hammer in September at Christie’s South Kensington.

Isabella Blow

Isabella Blow

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LONDON — Isabella Blow’s archive of Alexander McQueen designs and Philip Treacy millinery creations will go under the hammer in September at Christie’s South Kensington, the auction house said Monday.

The sale, to be held Sept. 15, will be accompanied by a coffee table tribute book to be published in September by Thames and Hudson.

A Christie’s spokeswoman said Blow’s sisters are selling the collection to settle debts on her estate.

Among the pieces to be auctioned are also pieces by John Galliano and Manolo Blahnik. The sale will include 50 Treacy hats and 90 styles by McQueen, whose graduate collection Blow famously purchased — and paid for in regular installments.

“It is sure to be a landmark auction, providing as it will a fascinating insight and perspective on this great champion of young designers and avant-garde fashion,” a Christie’s statement said.

Blow, who committed suicide in May 2007 after a long battle with depression, is also the subject of two more books to be published later this year. One is being penned by her widower, Delmar Blow, with Tom Sykes, and the other is by the London-based fashion writer Lauren Goldstein Crowe.

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