Isabella Blow

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A marvelously illustrated look at the world and the work of Isabella Blow, a central figure in the contemporary fashion world.
From her early days bringing legendary artists such as Michel Basquiat into the offices of American Vogue to the twenty-first-century drama of her televised attempted takeover of the Indian and Middle-Eastern fashion industries, the awesome Isabella Blow pushed boundaries in the fashion world, using her personality as her most offensive weapon. Famous ...
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Overview

A marvelously illustrated look at the world and the work of Isabella Blow, a central figure in the contemporary fashion world.
From her early days bringing legendary artists such as Michel Basquiat into the offices of American Vogue to the twenty-first-century drama of her televised attempted takeover of the Indian and Middle-Eastern fashion industries, the awesome Isabella Blow pushed boundaries in the fashion world, using her personality as her most offensive weapon. Famous for discovering talents such as Alexander McQueen, Sophie Dahl, and Hussein Chalayan, she nurtured and inspired artists and designers across the industry, as well as serving as muse to the well-known milliner Philip Treacy. She was also a unique stylist, collaborating with major photographers such as Sean Ellis and Robert Astley Sparke on infamous shoots that combined gothic and erotic.
Martina Rink has brought together all those who were moved, influenced, discovered, and inspired by Isabella, in a volume that celebrates not only her life but also her outrageous personality, which left an indelible mark on all who met her. Texts and personal letters written exclusively for this book have been collected from legendary names in the fashion world, from Mario Testino and Manolo Blahnik to Hussein Chalayan and Anna Wintour. There are photographs by some of fashion’s greatest photographers, including Rankin, Donald McPherson, and Richard Burbridge, and illustrations by Hilary Knight and Paul Smith, in a homage to Isabella that celebrates her astonishing life.
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It was watching her mother trying on her pink hat that Isabella Blow (1958-2007) recalled as both her fondest memory and the catalyst for her obsession with fashion. Whatever its weird psychological alchemy, that pastel headgear certainly stirred Blow deeply: She became an influential, impassioned British fashion editor, an international style icon, and the muse of designers and models. Even wracked by depression and the changing gusts of fashion, this tormented maverick pushed aesthetic boundaries; but invariably she suffered from the resultant friction. This coffee-table book tribute, complete with 180 color photographs, displays this singular Isabella on the grand, confessional scale that she herself always sought.

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In the last two decades of her life, Isabella Blow (1958–2007) was a leading figure in the development of British fashion. As a journalist, stylist, and muse, she discovered and promoted important British designers including Alexander McQueen, Hussein Chalayan, and, possibly the world's most outrageous milliner, Philip Treacy (who here contributes a foreword). She worked for Vogue, Tatler, and the London Sunday Times Style magazine. Her iconic shoots often fused fashion with contemporary art. This oversized book brilliantly illustrates why Blow took the fashion world by storm. It offers letters that speak to her influence, vibrancy, and creativity written exclusively for this volume by many of the most famous people in the fashion industry, including Valentino, Anna Wintour, and Manolo Blahnik.Verdict For those unfamiliar with Blow's life, Rink, who served at one time as her personal assistant, provides a brief but insightful introduction; however, it is the photographs that will inspire readers. This will enthrall lovers of fashion, art, and, especially, hats. [See also Lauren Goldstein Crowe's Isabella Blow and Detmar Blow's Blow by Blow, reviewed above.]—Susan L. Peters, Univ. of Texas, Galveston
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780500515358
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson
  • Publication date: 11/1/2010
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 1,301,977
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 12.80 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Martina Rink was assistant to Isabella Blow until Blow's tragic suicide in 2007.
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