Die Young Live Pretty: Isabella Blow


I can only hope that when I die, Hamish Bowles will say a paragraph’s worth of nice things about me in Women’s Wear Daily. It’s a lofty goal, but British fashion icon Isabella Blow, who passed away Sunday night, is able to inspire me even from the grave. Born in London, Blow was one of the old guard of fabulous eccentrics, spending time over the course of her long career at both American and British Vogue, and most recently as fashion director at Tatler and London’s Sunday Times. Credited with discovering designer Alexander McQueen (THANK YOU ISABELLA!) and models Stella Tennant and Sophie Dahl, Blow was best known by the public for constantly wearing outlandish hats crafted especially for her by British milliner Phillip Treacy, whom she also discovered. Favorite Isabella Blow tidbits? She changed outfits in between fashion shows and got married in a purple velvet dress. Love it! Isabella Blow (and her hats) will be missed.


Alexander McQueen Spring/Summer 2007

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  • Jayne

    Thanks for sharing the story of Isabella Blow with us Ashley. A true English Eccentric. She will be missed.

  • can’t alexander mcqueen please outfit me?

    I really don’t understand why their flagship store has a huge firm coat in the window right now. maybe that’s not the best summer-wear?