Thursday, November 18, 2010

Happy (Early) Birthday Isabella Blow

I have a feeling I won't be able to post tomorrow so I'm doing this today. On 19 November 1958 Isabella Delves Broughton was born and the world changed forever. It's been three years since her death and the fashion world will never be the same.

Right now I am close to finishing "Blow by Blow" Detmar Blow's biography of his wife. I am completely enchanted by her and saddened at the same time. She was truly wronged by many and it only contributed to her depression. Like many of us, me included, she used fashion to hide herself and draw attention away from her flaws. Her outlandish outfits were her mask which she put on in order to face the world.

Her life is an inspiration because she carried on for so long in a tough industry. She was amazingly forgiving and her spirit in her good days is something we should strive for. She was the hardest working woman in fashion hands down. Without her I would be without my favorite model Stella Tenant and my beloved Alexander McQueen. She did not consider herself very pretty, but her beauty came from within. Her's is a unique look that shows you don't have to be a traditional type of attractive to be a muse and truly gorgeous.

Here is a look at her most memorable outfits:

Her hats were her signature (photo from

Issie with Alexander McQueen her protege (photo:

Issie and Detmar on their wedding day.

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