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Blow by Blow (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 2. September 2010

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'Over the years, whenever Issy would call me up to urge me to see someone new, I would do it because she thought it was important.' - Anna Wintour, Editor-in-Chief, American Vogue 'You were a one off, a genius friend, your own creation in a world of copycats and I will miss you for the rest of my life.' - Rupert Everett, in his eulogy at Isabella Blow's funeral 'She was original, impactful, generous-minded and spotted some of the greatest talents.' - Geordie Greig, Editor of the Evening Standard and formerly editor of Tatler 'She was the most intelligent and creative person in fashion. In many ways she was the British queen of fashion. She was intoxicating. You could never get enough of her. She was a free spirit.' - Philip Treacy 'She discovered Sophie Dahl sobbing in a doorway; she bought Alexander McQueen's entire degree show, and had Philip Treacy design her wedding hat when she married Detmar Blow in 1988 - as well as being credited with discovering Hussein Chalayan and Stella Tennant.' - Vogue 'Mourned the world over by an industry that has lost a Muse with whom there was never a dull moment.' - Daily Mail


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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HASH(0x9a0562ac) von 5 Sternen Not The Last Blow 5. Dezember 2010
Von The_Dark_Lady_2 - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This aptly named biography of fashion stylist and zeitgeist arbiter Isabella, by her widower Detmar (with Tom Sykes) is a fairly comprehensive account of her early life, her obsession with emerging artists and Hilles (the Blow family seat) and her final spiral into suicidal depression. This book names names, so much so that it can be confusing to follow when the author lapses into first name references. It is sometimes difficult to follow the course of events, such as Isabella's education, as the narrative moves forward and backwards in time quite clumsily with little signalling. The genius of Blow was in both her personal style and her ability to identify, and nurture, new talent. The reader gets some idea of the artists she nurtured (Philp Treacy and Alexander McQueen the most famous designers and Stella Tennant and Sophie Dahl the most prominent models) but less of her own amazing style - the photographs are quite patchy. What this book does better is depict her frustration with her inability to commercialise her talents, and her decline into bipolar madness and ultimate suicide. The book suffers from poor editing, with numerous typos. Quite a good read, but doesn't adequately convey why Blow was such a sensation on the fashion scene in the late 80's and 90's.
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HASH(0x99f8ea98) von 5 Sternen The Book is Painful to Read; The Photos are Painful to View 8. April 2011
Von Loves the View - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
This biography, written by the subject's widower, tells of the ups and downs in the life of his fashionista wife, Isabella Delves Broughton Blow.

"Issie" at 5 years old witnessed her brother's drowning. Her need for parental love and support was met with a coldness implying blame. When her mother divorced her father, she left the household with handshakes for her children. Her father gave even less affection. I believe this sort of treatment was a major factor in producing Issie's self-absorption, exhibitionism, materialism and eventual suicide. I think of Princess Diana advising parents to "Hug your children."

Issie's father leaving his fortune to his second wife, and naming Isssie for less inheritance than her grandparents left their servants, should have been anticipated. Issie blew an earlier inheritance that seemed to be of some size. This profligacy I'm sure was noted, but never discussed by her penny-pinching father. I would guess that his will was due to his hating to think that all he had worked for would be piddled away. For Issie this was (understandably, since no explanation was given) a rejection that rocked her already fragile self worth.

Issie apparently bought into the system that was so harmful to her. She yearned to produce a male child (then, according to custom, he would inherit the family estate) and felt a failure when she couldn't. Her rank among the British aristocracy gave her a sense of entitlement for things that she could not afford. Appearances had to be kept, so she couldn't ask her successful protégés for a royalty or a position. Detmar defines a total cash bleed, but the purchase of jewelry, homes, decor and cars (a "new Bentley" gets a passing mention) blithely continues. Issie's life is empty and clothing, art work and baronial residences fill a void.

She seems to feel no world outside her bubble of fashion and her society of party oriented aristocrats and parvenues. It's a cruel bubble, especially for women as they age. As they dine and drink, Issie attempts to outparty and outdress them. Her celebrity image is important to her career, and probably vital to her. After several suicide attempts and yet another breakdown, at the hospital she advises the staff that she is famous... they can Google her.

Husband Detmar is grieving, but not fully analyzing what happened. His childhood had the same love deficit as his wife's. He loved the fun of Issie. Did Detmar need the fun because he couldn't have the love? Could the pressure to produce this fun, not just for him, but for everyone else as well have pushed her too far? Issie loved her jobs in the fashion world, but they carried with them the pressure to be more and more outrageous. Maybe she realized there were limits and couldn't face the world without "more".

This book is painful to read, and its photos of Issie painful to view. I hope Detmar can find happiness, he sounds like a good person, trapped in an unfeeling circle of family and so-called friends.
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HASH(0x99f8ee10) von 5 Sternen Uplifting yet Heartbreaking Read 29. November 2010
Von Paula Calvert - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Two things I learned about Isabella's life (other than the fact that she was more eccentric in her daily life, not just in her dress) is that her husband, Detmar, loved her so much, and was so patient, and it really shows. He was inspired by her too. She was a ray of sunshine to all around her.
The second thing I wasn't completely aware of is McQueen's betrayal of her.

In the end, you remember she was a bright light for everyone, if not for herself.
An excellent read. A quick read. I couldn't put it down.
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HASH(0x99f9530c) von 5 Sternen Blow by Blow was simply a fascinating read 4. Mai 2012
Von american woman - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I had read "Isabella Blow: A Life in Fashion" by Lauren Goldstein Crowe, first, and it was a very good primer as an in-depth introduction to the extraordinary life and personality of Isabella Blow. But reading "Blow by Blow" by Detmar Blow with Tom Sykes, was especially in-depth, as Detmar Blow was married to Isabella, and it was a very intimate portrait, and loving as well. I am grateful that he opened up his and her lives together to us readers, in such detail and compassion, and honesty. I have to say it was a real page turner and I was sorry that the book ended (I wanted to keep reading), but most sorry that the world has lost such an extraordinary and outrageous personality that Isabella Blow was, at such a relatively young age, and tragically so. It is a testament to her that so many people loved her and wanted to preserve and share her memory with others.
I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in the worlds of fashion, art and music, as well as aristocracy and British eccentricity. One of best character studies I have ever read.
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HASH(0x99f9548c) von 5 Sternen Gripping 11. November 2010
Von traveler 21 - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
It's a sad story but an uplifting one too. A heck of a read. Funny. Gossipy. Tragic. Moving. Romantic. Unputdownable.
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