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1958-2007 Isabella Blow RIP
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Isabella Blow, Stylist and Former Fashion Director, Dies
Isabella Blow, stylist and former fashion director of Tatler and London's Sunday Times, has died under circumstances still being determined.

The front row fashion fixture was a staunch supporter of emerging talents, and was credited with discovering the likes of Alexander McQueen and Philip Treacy.





How sad Rest in peace Isabella

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I cannot believe this. What an absolutely tragic loss for her family and for the world of fashion.

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Oh my God. I'm literally shocked. I know she had been ill recently, also under mysterious circumstances, but i wish her and her family condolances. What a loss for the fashion world.

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Wow Fashion's not going to be the same without her.

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A mini-biography from vogue.co.uk

A self-confessed eccentric and champion of many of this generation's fashion stars, the career path of Isabella Blow is a true inspiration; from a little girl trying on her mother's hats, she has grown to be one of the industry's most respected stylists.

Born Isabella Delves-Broughton in London in 1958, she lived in Cheshire for the first 21 years of her life, during which fashion played a small part. Having studied at Heathfield school up to A Level, she enrolled in secretarial college before taking on a variety of odd jobs including cleaning and shop work. Hats, however, featured early. "My first memory of a hat is when I was eight years old and I tried on a giant pink hat of my mother's," she says. "There's a photograph of me and I look as happy as anything to be wearing it."

Blow moved to New York in 1979 to study Ancient Chinese Art at Columbia University, where she shared a room with Catherine Oxenburg, aka Amanda in Dynasty. A year later she abandoned her studies to move to West Texas to experience her first taste of fashion working for Guy Laroche.

In 1981, her big break came when she was introduced to the then fashion director of US Vogue, Anna Wintour, by Bryan and Lucy Ferry and the two bonded over Vita Sackville West.

She was hired first as Wintour's assistant and then to organise fashion shoots under the discerning eye of André Leon Talley, now US Vogue's Editor At Large, and was soon befriending the likes of Warhol and Basquiat, "who we were both in love with". In 1986, Blow returned to London to become assistant to Michael Roberts, then fashion director both of Tatler and The Sunday Times and, thanks to him, worked her way up to the position of Style Editor at Tatler.
In 1988 she met Detmar Blow at a wedding in Salisbury Cathedral. They became engaged just 16 days later and married in Gloucester Cathedral the following year.

It was around this time that she met one of her greatest fashion associates, Philip Treacy. He first came to her attention when he arrived at the Tatler offices in 1989 touting a green felt hat. "I was crazy for it so I phoned him at the Royal College of Art and asked him to make my wedding head-dress," she says. Shortly afterwards Treacy moved into a Belgravia basement belonging to Blow's mother-in-law, where he lived and worked for two years. As well as Philip Treacy, Blow is credited with discovering Alexander McQueen, Hussein Chalayan, Honor Fraser, Stella Tennant and Sophie Dahl, whom she described as a "blow-up doll with brains".

McQueen first caught Blow's eye when he presented his degree collection at the St Martins College graduation show. "I wanted everything in it," she says. "When I said, 'I know this sounds a bit weird but I want to buy the whole of your collection,' he offered to sell me a coat for £350. I said, 'That's a lot for a student.' And he said, 'But I made it.' In the end I bought it all for £5,000 but it took me a long time to pay for it."

From 1993, Blow spent four years at British Vogue, where she produced features such as the famous London Babes shoot, in which Steven Meisel photographed Honor Fraser, Stella Tennant, Bella Freud and Plum Sykes in various locations around London. She went on to become Fashion Director of The Sunday Times Style magazine, where she spent four years. Today, she works as fashion director of Tatler, and consults for Dupont Lycra, Lacoste and Swarovski, which she has reinvented with a little help from Treacy, McQueen and Julien Macdonald. In 2002, she became the subject of an extraordinary exhibition at the London Design Museum featuring all the hats made for her by Treacy. A book by Treacy, When Philip met Isabella, featuring photographs and sketches of her in some of her most outrageous and memorable outfits, was launched at the same time.

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This is a truly tragic loss...

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A painful reminder of how precious life truly is for us all. Thanks for letting us know, Jules. It is a dark day...



Isabella Blow wearing Devil Paradise Feathers


Isabella Blow wearing Horsehair Helmet with Swarovski Crystal Button

millinery.info / hats by Philip Treacy, photographs by Steven Meisel 1993

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Quite sad...I loved her funky hats.. She will be missed

Fashion has lost one of its brightest stars. Isabella Blow, the internationally renowned British stylist, director and muse died suddenly in Gloucester this morning. A spokesman said cancer was the cause of her death.

A true fashion original, Blow was one of the industry’s most eccentric and outrageous characters.

With a slash of red defining her lips, often the only facial feature visible underneath her extraordinary ‘lobster’ hats, veiled antler creations and plastic flying saucers perched on her short dark bob and designed by her former protégé, Philip Treacy, her appearance caused gasps of astonishment whenever she entered a room.

Beautiful, but ultimately doomed, she was possessed of a remarkable sense of style with fiercely-held opinions and a braying laugh that could be heard from one end of the catwalk to the other, two traits which cleaved to the family motto “haud muto factum” – nothing happens by being mute.

But she was also a self-confessed depressive. She had a fragile sense of identity and her insecurities had been excacerbated by the breakdown of her marriage to the art dealer, Detmar Blow. Although the couple had reconciled, she continued to suffer terrible bouts of suicidal depression.

Recently appointed contributing fashion editor-at-large to Tatler, for whom she had worked for many years, she was in the middle of planning a series of larger-than-life fashion shoots for the magazine when she died.

“She was in the office just last week, bursting with ideas. They sounded impossible, but you always knew with Isabella it would work and be marvellous,” said Geordie Greig, the editor of Tatler.

“She was bored by clichés. She didn’t do ordinary or dull. She wanted the photographs to be modern, erotic, naughty, the story of the badly-behaved aristocrat – a bit like herself. She always wanted to pull the rug out from under the Establishment.”

Always excited by new talent – “like a pig sniffing for truffles in the forest”, was how she once described herself - Blow is best-known for discovering the milliner, Philip Treacy and the designers Alexander McQueen and Hussein Chalayan, all of whom have gone on to forge global careers.

She was also instrumental in launching the careers of a string of models including the aristocratic Stella Tennant, one of the stars of the Burberry campaigns, her cousin, Honor Fraser and Sophie Dahl.

Born Isabella Delves Broughton in London in November, 1958, she was the daughter of Sir Evelyn Delves-Broughton and his second wife, the former Helen Shore. Her grandfather was Sir Jock Delves Broughton who moved to Kenya, where he was accused of the ‘White Mischief’ murder of Lord Erroll. Although acquitted, he eventually committed suicide.

Isabella studied at Heathfield School where she was head of chapel and once dreamed of being a nun. She left school after A-levels and worked as a secretary and cleaner, before moving to New York in 1979 to study Ancient Chinese Art at Colombia.

In 1981 she was introduced to Anna Wintour, then fashion director of American Vogue, by the singer, Bryan Ferry, and began working as her assistant.

She returned to London in 1986 and became the fashion assistant to Michael Roberts, then the fashion director of Tatler and the Sunday Times. She worked for British Vogue for four years from 1993, before joining the Sunday Times Style magazine and, then, Tatler.

She met her husband, Detmar Blow at a wedding in Salisbury in 1988, became engaged 16 days later and married him in Gloucester Cathedral in 1989, typically wearing black and a head-dress designed by Philip Treacy.

In 2002, the London Design Museum devoted an exhibition to her collection of Treacy hats in conjunction with a book, “When Philip Met Isabella.” One of those hats was called ‘Pheasant” and it was this design which she once said she wanted to be buried in.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/fashion/m...sabella107.xml

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