A Troubled Fashion Icon

In death as in life, fashion editor and muse Isabella Blow continues to fascinate. (In The Daily Beast, I reviewed) two new biographies of her unusual and exotic life.

Isabella Blow in 1999 courtesy of Bill Cunningham, The New York Times

British fashion editor Isabella Blow did everything in extremes. When she wanted to liven up a party, she’d flash her ample bosom. When she wanted to do a fantastic magazine shoot, she’d run up impressive expenses—she once submitted a £50,000 ($78,000) bill “for a very small ruin that really was a must,” a Condé Nast record. (She was not reimbursed). When she got married, to British socialite Detmar Blow, she wore a purple medieval gown, an elaborate maharajah-like necklace, and a gold crown headdress with lace filigree by a then-unknown millinery student named Philip Treacy.