Stuffed animals form unique tribute
Published 22/09/2010 | 09:28
A pair of artists have created a portrait of late fashion expert Isabella Blow using 15 stuffed animals.
More than a dozen birds, a rattlesnake, a rat, and a heel from a Manolo Blahnik-designed shoe have been arranged and spot-lit to form a silhouette of her head.
Blow, the fashion director of Tatler magazine, committed suicide by drinking weedkiller in 2007 after several failed attempts to take her own life.
The portrait appears to show Blow, known to her friends as Issy, wearing one of the extraordinary hats designed for her by milliner Phillip Treacy.
It was created in 2002 by artists Tim Noble and Sue Webster.
Ms Webster said: "Any portrait of Issy should not be made of sugar and spice and all things nice, but of the darker stuff of life that suited her more Gothic image. Issy was a great friend of both Tim and myself, she was one of the most enigmatic, powerful and funniest women I have ever met."
Blow was credited with discovering designer Alexander McQueen who also committed suicide and was remembered in a memorial service at St Paul's Cathedral this week.
The portrait goes on show at the National Portrait Gallery on Thursday until March 13 next year.