Wednesday, May 11, 2011

The Story of Isabella Blow

In the spirit of the Alexander McQueen Show at the Met I just finished reading "Blow By Blow." This is the story of Isabella Blow, McQueen's mentor and muse. Blow by Blow written by Tom Sykes and Isabella's husband Detmar who tells the interesting and tragic story of the fashion icon.

Isabella Blow was no stranger to the fashion world and was best friends with Alexander McQueen for years before business differences got in the way. She was also friends with Philip Treacy and was famous for wearing many of his outrageous hats. She was an assistant to Vogue's Anna Wintour and Andre Leon Talley before becoming Fashion Director at Tatler. Pictured below is Isabella with Alexander McQueen from a shoot for Vanity Fair. Also pictured is Isabella in one of Pilip Treacy's hats named "Arrows of Love."

Such an interesting person, I wish I could have met Isabella! I definitely recommend reading "Blow by Blow" to get an inside view of what it was like for Isabella in the world of fashion. Tragically Isabella suffered from depression and ended her life in 2007.


  1. Hi Sarah, thanks for posting this. I will look for it. We are like book twins right now, I'm reading Isabella Blow: A Life in Fashion by Lauren Goldstein Crowe. I highly recommend it, it's well-written and is (so far) giving a good account of her background and early years in New York, Midland, Texas (!), and London.

  2. Oh! I will have to read that now! Funny how we chose the same person to read about! Reading about her life made me wish I had gotten the chance to meet her! Imagine working for Anna Wintour and Andre Leon Talley!

  3. Thanks for the post...definitely another book for my collection!
    She was quite an amazing lady...lovely blog...I'm a new follower!