Isabella Blow

Magazine editor, stylist, actress, model Isabella Blow

Isabella Blow was an English magazine editor. The muse of hat designer Philip Treacy, she is credited with discovering the models Stella Tennant and Sophie Dahl as well as the fashion designer Alexander McQueen.
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Deceased
07 May 2007
home town
London

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New biopic about Alexander McQueen and Isabella Blow in the pipeline
Yahoo News - over 1 year
Alexander McQueen and Isabella Blow's relationship is set to come under the spotlight thanks to a new movie, "The Ripper."
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What It Was Like to Be Photographed by Bill Cunningham
NYTimes - over 1 year
Anna Wintour, Isabella Blow, John Fairchild and more on how they met Mr. Cunningham and what it meant to be photographed by him.
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Lady Gaga Is Rocking In Red With A Thigh High Slit
Huffington Post - about 2 years
Lady Gaga is looking bloody brilliant these days. The Countess (as she's called on "American Horror Story: Hotel and in her Instagram bio), was spotted Wednesday on her last day in London wearing a statement coat by Scottish designer Christopher Kane. She paired stockings, black platform pumps and little else to top off the look. Gaga was in London for the British Fashion Awards, which she attended to accept the Red Carpet Designer Award on behalf of Tom Ford (and she wore a dress designed by him, natch). She also was on hand to support her friend, fashion photographer Nick Knight, who was presented with the Isabella Blow Award for Creativity.  Red was Gaga's color of choice for the trip. Her Tom Ford number made way for a long-sleeve gown that she wore at the afterparty. She also wore a top in the same color while she was out and about in London. Perhaps this new preference has something to do with the gory nature of her current television role. Or maybe she just ...
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The “Isabella Blow: Fashion Galore!” Exhibition in London Highlights Alexander McQueen
NYTimes - about 4 years
Exploring the intersection of two lives: Isabella Blow’s and Alexander McQueen’s.     
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Book Report
The Portland Mercury - about 4 years
Man Repeller: Seeking Love. Finding Overalls. by Leandra Medine Cost: $25 at Powells Overall:**** This sweet story behind everyone’s favorite drop crotching, self proclaimed Man Repeller is a real crowd pleaser. Ms. Medine spills on all the cringiest moments on her path to becoming the full on fashion force she is today. This endearing tale makes you want to just hug Medine, whose ability to laugh at herself never gets old. I felt like I could relate to her, like we were old friends exchanging stories on our parents' land line telephones. It by Alexa Chung Cost: $30 at Powells Overall: ** The best part about this book was really the binding and paper choice. The pictures are whimsical and beautiful, obviously, but it lacked something a bit more genuine. I never found a real story here; the juicy nuggets you are looking for are easily found with the swipe of a button or a quick Instagram stalk. If you are as obsessed with Alexa Chung as I am with the Olsen twins, though, you will...
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London exhibit features fashionista Isabella Blow
Yahoo News - over 4 years
She wore everything from a crystal-studded lobster to a tall ship made of feathers on her head, and chose a purple medieval robe for her wedding dress. Long before Lady Gaga rose to fame, British fashion ...
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Kate Wolfson: Four Fashion-Centric Books That Will Get You Through Summer
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Committing to a book is tough these days. With the constant onslaught of distractions (it takes an entire week to get caught up on Sunday night TV, then the vicious cycle starts all over again) and our collective attention spans dwindling by the hour -- e.g. Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, wait, what was I saying? -- Anna Karenina doesn't stand much of a chance. That said, there are two historically commotion-free zones where I -- and other easily distracted folks -- are guaranteed to get in some quality reading time: Long flights and any shady spot in close proximity to a body of water. Both plane rides and beach days are most abundant in the warmer months, when there's much cause for travel and laying out. For most, summer reading calls for lighter fare: Detective novels, romance fluff and Young Adult trilogies you wouldn't be caught dead reading in public (no judgment, I tore through every glorious word of The Hunger Games in a span of 4 days). My instinct is to forgo my...
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Greg Olear: Prize Prose
Huffington Post - about 5 years
  "I CANNOT, in good conscience, say that she is a novelist yet." That is the penultimate sentence in the (generally positive) New York Times review of Francine Prose's debut novel, Judah the Pious, which was published in January, 1973 -- 40 years ago this month. Her output since has been extraordinary, in terms of both quality and quantity. Flavor-of-the-month novelists strut and fret their moment upon the literary stage and are heard no more, while Prose relentlessly churns out quiet masterpieces year after year after year. In four decades, she has produced 16 books of fiction, including Household Saints, which was made into a feature film; Blue Angel, a finalist for the National Book Award; After, her stab at YA..; and most recently, the underrated gem My New American Life. Whatever she may have been at 25, there's no question that Francine Prose is a novelist now -- as well as an essayist, critic, biographer, nonfiction writer (Reading Like a Writer, her valentine t...
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Fashion: Lady Gaga buys a McQueen dress at Daphne Guinness auction
LATimes - over 5 years
  Lady Gaga was among the winning bidders in the Daphne Guinness auction at Christie's in London on Wednesday, benefitting the Isabella Blow Foundation. She paid a record amount for an Alexander McQueen dress -- $133,075 -- for an empire-style ivory tulle gown from Guinness' collection, shown here. The auction raised the equivalent of $742,000 -- way more than the $160,00 expected. (Lady G bid by phone, not in person, since she's in the midst of a tour.)  [WWD] Music star Will.i.am reportedly is teaming with edgy Japanese menswear designer Masaomo Yamaji on a collaborative men's collection of jackets and blazers to be called Will.i.am X Rynshu (the name of Yamaji's main line), according to a press release. Refinery29 named its "30 under 30" rising stars in L.A. -- creative, political and otherwise savvy folks to keep an eye on. They included model Atlanta de Cadanet Taylor, jewelry designer Karla Deras, designers Dakota Solt and Lisa Ziven of Crybaby Presents, Daily Bea...
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Week in Review: Chelsea Super-School Lures Kids With Art, McDonald's "Mad Men" Makeover, and More
Artinfo - over 5 years
Week in Review: Chelsea Super-School Lures Kids With Art, McDonald's "Mad Men" Makeover, and More Language English Email Print Save Tweet Pin It by ARTINFO Published: June 22, 2012 Our most-talked-about stories in Art, Design & Fashion, and Performing Arts, June 18-22, 2012: ART — You are not going to believe the lavish, over-the-top art amenities being offered to students enrolling in Avenues, the new Chelsea based for-profit private school. — Art+Auction launched its list of the 50 most collectible contemporary artists. — London's Impressionist and Modern art auctions fared unevenly, with Sotheby's struggling despite a record-setting Miró, while Christie's did much better thanks to works by Degas, Picasso, Magritte, and a new Schwitters record. — A Picasso at Houston's de Menil...
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O que Isabella Blow diria da moda brasileira hoje?
Wall Street Journal - over 5 years
O jornalista Michael Roberts lembra uma "Rio Fashion Week" passada na companhia de Isabella Blow, o ícone da moda que faleceu em 2007.
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Fashion News: Dressing for Coachella
LATimes - almost 6 years
        Heading out to the desert today for the beginning of the two-weekend Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival? Be sure to take a look at our Essentials for ideas on what to pack. A sandal like the Minnetonka Nicki shown here is just one good option. Think loose airy clothes for day, warm outerwear for cool nights and tons of sunscreen. (And maybe some raingear, given this morning's weather in Southern California.) Then add whatever attitude suits you.   Famed British hat designer Philip Treacy has had quite a twelvemonth. From the much-debated fascinator he made for Princess Beatrice to wear to the royal wedding last year to the helmet headpiece Madonna wore to sing at the Super Bowl, his designs have been drawing even more than the usual global attention. His latest collection goes online Friday at harrods.com. [Telegraph] Speaking of attention, singer Melody Thornton, formerly of the Pussycat Dolls, dressed to stun at the Third Annual Elle Women in Music event ...
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Naomi Mdudu: Julien Macdonald on Banning Journalists From His Shows and Being Depressed at Givenchy
Huffington Post - almost 6 years
By his own admission, Julien Macdonald has never been a designer set on pushing boundaries. 'I've made my name by dressing celebrities and that's fine,' he said recently. 'Glamour is always in fashion' he added, and there definitely has to be some truth in that. To say that he's doing well is quite the understatement. What he doesn't have in sales numbers for his mainline, he definitely has with his collections for Debenhams (his line with them is their most successful designer collaboration) and his recent foray into reality TV on Britain and Ireland's Next Top Model have ensured that he has found a place in all of our living rooms as well as our wardrobes. Because of his focus on all things celebrity, he was never a designer that followed. That's not because I don't respect what he does - I really do - but rather, his penchant for all things glamour and IT girl isn't something that I'm particularly drawn to. That said, recently I was lucky enough to join Shop Style on th...
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SPECIAL REPORT: FASHION; F.I.T. Displays Daphne Guinness Collection
NYTimes - over 6 years
NEW YORK — It is the rigor that strikes the first note. In her stark black Chanel coat fitted on a wisp of a mannequin, or floating in a silvered jumpsuit on the hologram overhead, Daphne Guinness embodies an uncompromising elegance. The muse, art collector and style setter, with a linear silhouette from a platinum stripe in her upswept
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NEW YORK FASHION WEEK | FASHION DIARY; Tents, but No Circus
NYTimes - over 6 years
ELEPHANTS used to walk through the streets every year when the circus came to New York City, trunks swinging, leg chains scraping, lumbering through Midtown as mist rose off their leathery flanks. Anachronistic and enchanting, the vision of these exotic beasts being herded through the concrete canyons never failed to produce a shiver of excitement
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Isabella Blow
    FORTIES
  • 2007
    Age 48
    On 6 May 2007, during a weekend house party at Hilles, where the guests included Treacy and his partner, Stefan Bartlett, Blow announced that she was going shopping.
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    In 2007, Blow made several more suicide attempts by driving her car into the rear of a lorry, attempting to obtain horse tranquilizers, trying to drown herself in a lake and by overdosing while on a beach in India.
  • 2006
    Age 47
    Depressed over her waning celebrity status and her cancer diagnosis, Blow began telling friends that she was suicidal. In 2006, Blow attempted suicide with an overdose of sleeping pills.
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  • 2004
    Age 45
    In 2004, Isabella and Detmar Blow separated.
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  • 2002
    Age 43
    According to a 2002 interview with Tamsin Blanchard, it was Blow who brokered the deal in which Gucci purchased McQueen's label.
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    Blow was the fashion director of Tatler and consulted for DuPont Lycra, Lacoste, and Swarovski. In 2002, she became the subject of an exhibition entitled When Philip met Isabella, featuring sketches and photographs of her wearing Treacy's hat designs.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1993
    Age 34
    In 1993, Blow worked with the photographer Steven Meisel producing the Babes in London shoot featuring Plum Sykes, Bella Freud, and Honor Fraser.
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  • 1989
    Age 30
    In 1989, Blow married her second husband, barrister and art dealer Detmar Hamilton Lorenz Arthur Blow, a grandson (and namesake) of the early 20th-century society architect Detmar Blow, in Gloucester Cathedral.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1986
    Age 27
    In 1986, Blow returned to London and worked for Michael Roberts, then the fashion director of Tatler and The Sunday Times Style magazine.
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  • 1981
    Age 22
    In 1981, she married her first husband, Nicholas Taylor (whom she divorced in 1983), and was introduced to the fashion director of the US edition of Vogue, Anna Wintour.
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  • 1979
    Age 20
    Blow moved to New York City in 1979 to study Ancient Chinese Art at Columbia University and shared a flat with the actress Catherine Oxenberg.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1972
    Age 13
    In 1972, when she was 14, her parents separated and her mother left the household, bidding each daughter farewell with a handshake.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1958
    Born
    Born on November 19, 1958.
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