Blow by Blow: The Story of Isabella Blow (Google eBook)

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Harper Collins, Nov 16, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 304 pages
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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.

  

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Review: Blow by Blow: The Story of Isabella Blow

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While the writing is certainly not professional, the insider's perspective is interesting enough to off-set the at-times-annoying style. Read full review

Review: Blow by Blow: The Story of Isabella Blow

User Review  - Goodreads

While the writing is certainly not professional, the insider's perspective is interesting enough to off-set the at-times-annoying style. Read full review

Contents

The Call
1
Johnny
3
The Curse of the Delves Broughtons
9
Evelyn
17
Poor Relations
24
Helen
31
Heathfield
35
Rona
41
55
202
59
210
62
217
64
224
67
234
The First Attempt
239
I always hated Tesco
243
The Overpass
247

Evelyns Leg
44
Eighteenth Birthday
46
The Lovats
48
Wolf
51
Nicholas
55
44
174
46
180
49
188
52
195
Battles
250
India
255
Cancer
258
St Joan
261
Issies Farewell
264
Sources and Acknowledgements
271
Picture Credits
277
Index
279
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About the author (2010)

Educated at Harrow School and the London School of Economics, Detmar Blow studied law and became a barrister in 1989. In 1998 he, Isabella, and Stuart Shave set up the gallery Modern Art, one of London’s most successful contemporary art galleries. He and Isabella established Blow de la Barra gallery in 2005. Detmar divides his time among Lisbon, London, and Gloucestershire.

Tom Sykes trained as a news reporter on London’s Evening Standard and Daily Telegraph before moving to New York in 2003. The former nightlife reporter and gossip columnist for the New York Post, he now lives in Ireland with his wife, two children, and three pigs, and writes for a variety of publications, including the Daily Mail and GQ.

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