Synopses & Reviews
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.
The news of Isabella Blow's death in 2007 shocked the fashion world, for whom she was a legendary figure. Heralded as the talent-spotter of some of the most recognizable and celebrated people in the business, she made an indelible impression on fashion aficionados everywhere.
“One of the most original and influential people of the twentieth century to me and many others.” —Alexander McQueen
With a career spanning thirty years in fashion, as an influential voice at Vogue, Tatler, and The Sunday Times Magazine—as well as a legacy as one of the industrys kingmakers for discovering Philip Treacy, Alexander McQueen, Sophie Dahl, and Hussein Chalayan—Isabella Blow had been a pillar of couture culture until her suicide in 2007 left the fashion world mourning one of its finest friends and patrons. Blow by Blow is a captivating journey through Issies life, a one-of-a-kind look at her unforgettable impact on the fashion world, and a moving exploration of her inspiring and ultimately tragic tale.
About the Author
Detmar Blow met Isabella Delves Broughton at a wedding in September 1988. The couple was engaged sixteen days later and remained married until Isabella's death in 2007. Having been educated at the Harrow School and the London School of Economics, Detmar ultimately left his profession as a barrister to help support Isabella's burgeoning career, accompanying her on fashion expeditions all over the world. In 1998 Detmar set up, with Isabella and partner Stuart Shave, the gallery Modern Art, one of the most successful contemporary art galleries in London at the forefront of the explosion in the East End art scene at that time. In 2005 he and Isabella established Blow de la Barra gallery, newly showcasing the works of many Central and South American artists. Detmar currently lives and works between Lisbon, London and Gloucestershire.