Blow by Blow: The Story of Isabella Blow

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HarperCollins UK, Sep 2, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 304 pages

A life of extreme tragedy and remarkable inspiration, the story of Isabella Blow is a dramatic and compelling tale of a courageous icon.

Isabella Blow was the epitome of English eccentricity. A legendary figure in the fashion world, she nurtured and championed the talent of some of fashion’s most recognisable and important figures, all the time hiding her own personal unhappiness and severe depression. The news of her tragic death in 2007, aged 48, shocked the international fashion world.

Her thirty year career in fashion began as Anna Wintour's assistant at American Vogue, and took in stints as fashion director of Tatler and Fashion Editor of The Sunday Times Magazine. But she is perhaps best-known for the iconic images of her in Philip Treacy's hats, the first of two designers to launch his career from the basement of Isabella and Detmar Blow's house. With similar passion and verve, Isabella enthusiastically displayed her admiration for young designer Alexander McQueen, buying his entire first collection after he graduated from Central St Martins, in a move that many believe launched his career.

Detmar Blow was engaged to Isabella sixteen days after they first met in 1988, and the couple remained married until her death. In this visually stunning portrait, Detmar and Tom reveal the truth about the intriguing world of Isabella, providing incredible behind-the-scenes insight into the world of fashion and high-society, as well as tracing her ancestry and early childhood, offering a fresh and penetrating look at her domestic life, and celebrating her incredible achievements.

 

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Contents

CHAPTER ONE
CHAPTER TWO
CHAPTER THREE
CHAPTER FOUR
CHAPTER FIVE
CHAPTER SIX
CHAPTER SEVEN
CHAPTER EIGHT
CHAPTER FORTYTWO
CHAPTER FORTYTHREE
CHAPTER FORTYFOUR
CHAPTER FORTYFIVE
CHAPTER FORTYSIX
CHAPTER FORTYSEVEN
CHAPTER FORTYEIGHT
CHAPTER FORTYNINE

CHAPTER NINE
CHAPTER TEN
CHAPTER ELEVEN
CHAPTER TWELVE
CHAPTER THIRTEEN
CHAPTER FOURTEEN
CHAPTER FIFTEEN
CHAPTER SIXTEEN
CHAPTER SEVENTEEN
CHAPTER EIGHTEEN
CHAPTER NINETEEN
CHAPTER TWENTY
CHAPTER TWENTYONE
CHAPTER TWENTYTWO
CHAPTER TWENTYTHREE
CHAPTER TWENTYFOUR
CHAPTER TWENTYFIVE
CHAPTER TWENTYSIX
CHAPTER TWENTYSEVEN
CHAPTER TWENTYEIGHT
CHAPTER TWENTYNINE
CHAPTER THIRTY
CHAPTER THIRTYONE
CHAPTER THIRTYTWO
CHAPTER THIRTYTHREE
CHAPTER THIRTYFOUR
CHAPTER THIRTYFIVE
CHAPTER THIRTYSIX
CHAPTER THIRTYSEVEN
CHAPTER THIRTYEIGHT
CHAPTER THIRTYNINE
CHAPTER FORTY
CHAPTER FORTYONE
CHAPTER FIFTY
CHAPTER FIFTYONE
CHAPTER FIFTYTWO
CHAPTER FIFTYTHREE
CHAPTER FIFTYFOUR
CHAPTER FIFTYFIVE
CHAPTER FIFTYSIX
CHAPTER FIFTYSEVEN
CHAPTER FIFTYEIGHT
CHAPTER FIFTYNINE
CHAPTER SIXTY
CHAPTER SIXTYONE
CHAPTER SIXTYTWO
CHAPTER SIXTYTHREE
CHAPTER SIXTYFOUR
CHAPTER SIXTYFIVE
CHAPTER SIXTYSIX
CHAPTER SIXTYSEVEN
CHAPTER SIXTYEIGHT
CHAPTER SIXTYNINE
CHAPTER SEVENTY
CHAPTER SEVENTYONE
CHAPTER SEVENTYTWO
CHAPTER SEVENTYTHREE
CHAPTER SEVENTYFOUR
CHAPTER SEVENTYFIVE
Sources and Acknowledgements
Picture Credit
Index
Copyright
About the Publisher
Copyright

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About the author (2010)

DETMAR BLOW was born in Stroud in 1963, and was educated at Harrow School and the London School of Economics, where he read history. After leaving LSE, he did a law conversion course and was called to the Bar in 1989. Detmar met Isabella Delves Broughton in September 1988. The couple got engaged sixteen days later, and remained married until Isabella’s death in 2007. Detmar currently lives between Lisbon, London and Gloucestershire.

TOM SYKES is a writer and journalist. He trained as a news reporter on the Evening Standard and Daily Telegraph before moving to New York in 2003 where he was nightlife reporter and gossip columist for the New York Post.

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