Selina Blow was raised at Hilles, a landmark Arts and Crafts house designed by her grandfather Detmar Blow in Gloucestershire, England. Her father Jonathan was a writer and medieval historian, and her mother, Helga de Silva is a Sri Lankan designer.
Both sides of her family were prominent in the Arts, and Selina draws upon her Sri Lankan background which inspired her love of colour and textiles.
After working for punk provocateur Malcolm Maclaren, she moved to New York in 1990, working for the fashion departments of several publications.
It was in New York that she created her first collection based on the court of Ivan the Terrible, and continued to build her market in the US, Japan and Europe.