25 January, noon – 3pm
One of the many memorable moments from Alexander McQueen’s memorial service at St Paul’s Cathedral in September 2010 – and there were so many evocative stories in the eulogies – was when Anna Wintour talked about Lee sitting as a boy on the East End rooftops watching the birds swooping and flying above him. Birds were an on-going fascination for McQueen, and an integral part of so many collections whether it was an exquisite taxidermy hat made for him by Philip Treacy to the fluttering hummingbirds that would appear in poetic prints. His long-time collaborator, client and friend Isabella Blow shared his love and so this week-end Somerset House is hosting a falconry display to tie in with the exhibition Isabella Blow: Fashion Galore! This very special event will see hawks, eagles and falcons swooping, diving and soaring across the courtyard of Somerset House, sometimes at speeds of over 150mph. You can see the birds up close too, and talk to the falconers from The Hawking Centre. It’s a free event and, we think, one not to missed.