Isabella Blow, style muse, former fashion director of Tatler and London’s Sunday Times, and one-time assistant to Anna Wintour, died early Monday morning in Gloucester, England. She was 49.
Blow was known for never being without one of her signature hats (created by her friend and former protégé Philip Treacy). Treacy and Blow met on a fashion shoot in 1989, that began many collaborations and was chronicled in an exhibit at the London Design Musuem, "When Philip Met Isabella: Philip Treacy’s Hats For Isabella Blow".
Treacy was not the only one to benefit from her fashion vision. In 1993, she was instrumental in Alexander McQueen’s career. In an interview with Interview Magazine in 1998 Blow said “I don’t like to say that I ‘discover’ people. That can sound quite pretentious. In my view, the people who will succeed in fashion are the people who know how to cut. And who are sexy.” Blow’s other discoveries included models like Stella Tennant, Honor Fraser, and Sophie Dahl.
London-born Blow moved to New York in 1979 to study ancient Chinese art at Columbia University. In 1981 she was introduced to Wintour, then the fashion director at Vogue, and began working as her assistant. She returned to London in 1986 as a fashion assistant, first at Tatler and then the Sunday Times. In 1989, she married the art dealer Detmar Blow. She worked for British Vogue for four years, before joining the Sunday Times Style magazine and, then, Tatler, where she most recently held the title of contributing fashion editor-at-large.
Source: The Daily