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WHEN PHILIP MET ISABELLA Hats by Philip Treacey for Isabella Blow

31 May - 05 July 2007
Marble Palace

The Russian Museum, the British Council and the Elle magazine have the honour of presenting an extraordinary collection of hats created by Philip Treacey for his friend and muse Isabella Blow at the When Philip Met Isabella exhibition, supplemented with a series of photographs and graphic works. The special guest of the opening is Philip Treacey, who will present the latest collection of hats and hold a series of meetings and master-classes. Since their first meeting on a fashion shoot in 1989 when Treacy was a student at the Royal College of Art, Blow has been his staunchest supporter and a constant source of inspiration. After leaving the RCA, he lived and worked in the basement of her London house for three years. Many of his most surreal and sculptural hats have been made for her. "Issy never says: 'You?ve gone too far,?" says Treacy. "She always says: 'You haven?t gone far enough.?" Exhibits will include the Ship, an astonishingly realistic replica of an 18th century French ship with full rigging, and the rose pink damask Pope modelled on the papal hat. Also featured will be the Castle inspired by Blow?s ancestral home at Doddington, Cheshire and Ludwig of Bavaria?s magnificent palace. Gilbert and George is a fantastical concoction of pink and green lacquered ostrich feathers. Horns is a black satin replica of the horns of Blow?s flock of ancient Soays sheep. The show will include photographs by Steven Meisel, David LaChapelle, Juergen Teller and Mario Testino of Isabella Blow wearing Treacy?s hats. Born in County Galway, Ireland, Philip Treacy studied fashion design in Dublin before winning a place at the Royal College of Art. As well as founding his own successful hat business, he has made haute couture hats for such fashion houses as Chanel, Valentino, Gianni Versace and Alexander McQueen and creates prêt à porter collections. Isabella Blow was one of the world?s most influential creative directors who has worked for magazines including American Vogue, Visionaire, The Face and Vogue Italia. She played an important part in nurturing the careers of many designers, including Alexander McQueen, as well as Philip Treacy.