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Blow by Blow: The Story of Isabella Blow Hardcover – Bargain Price, November 9, 2010
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'Over the years, whenever Issy would call me up to urge me to see someone new, I would do it because she thought it was important.' - Anna Wintour, Editor-in-Chief, American Vogue 'You were a one off, a genius friend, your own creation in a world of copycats and I will miss you for the rest of my life.' - Rupert Everett, in his eulogy at Isabella Blow's funeral 'She was original, impactful, generous-minded and spotted some of the greatest talents.' - Geordie Greig, Editor of the Evening Standard and formerly editor of Tatler 'She was the most intelligent and creative person in fashion. In many ways she was the British queen of fashion. She was intoxicating. You could never get enough of her. She was a free spirit.' - Philip Treacy 'She discovered Sophie Dahl sobbing in a doorway; she bought Alexander McQueen's entire degree show, and had Philip Treacy design her wedding hat when she married Detmar Blow in 1988 - as well as being credited with discovering Hussein Chalayan and Stella Tennant.' - Vogue 'Mourned the world over by an industry that has lost a Muse with whom there was never a dull moment.' - Daily Mail --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From the Back Cover
The news of Isabella Blow's suicide in 2007 shocked the international fashion world for whom she was a legendary figure. As a true patron of couture, she is credited with having discovered and fostered the careers of famed designers Alexander McQueen and Philip Treacy, among others, and was recognized the world over as their great muse, friend and confidant. While she also discovered exquisite models Stella Tennant and Sophie Dahl, it was images of Issie in these designers' creations that became instantly iconic.
The pages of this book prove Isabella's aristocratic ancestry to be as colorful as her manner of dress, her childhood as adventurous as it was at times tragic, and her thirty-year career, which began as Anna Wintour's assistant at Vogue and took in stints as fashion director of Tatler and fashion editor of the Sunday Times Magazine in London, as truly remarkable. But the real power of Blow by Blow lies in its portrayal of a courageous woman who tried passionately and often to escape a legacy of depression that ultimately proved insurmountable. Despite having been subjected to great disappointment and loss throughout her life, Isabella Blow was a consummate nurturer, determined to cultivate creativity wherever she found it.
Perhaps the greatest irony is that while she was insecure about her own innate beauty, she sought and championed it valiantly in others, redefining our understanding of it by brazenly donning its wildest examples and pushing sartorial boundaries daily.
As much as this book provides an outrageous behind-the-scenes romp through the fashion world and high society, it also provides a movingly candid view of a rare and conflicted spirit's inner life, to be greatly appreciated by aficionados of style and memoir alike.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top customer reviews
Isabella was a colorful character throughout her years of desparate achievments in the social and fashion world in London and of course New York.
Detmar takes us into the life style of the rich and famous in their social and castle whirl of England, mentioning many high profile names along his way.
Some parts of Detmars' recording of his life with Isabella were interesting and some wre tiresome.
We all knew that Isabella commited suicide, and knew that Detmar was leading up to this sad ending of his wife's life. I began to feel rather depressed at the whole situation, and kept wondering why Detmar continued following Isabella's wild and frustrating journey.
. Having said this, it is an interesting read for anyone who follows the happenings of high profile Fashion and Entertainment Industry. I myself just had to finish Detmars story.
She absolutely loved hats. Oh, photographs included are neat...thanks.
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Written by Blow's husband, Detmar Blow, with Tom Sykes, the story of style icon Isabella who is affectionately called Issie is one of...Read more