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Isabella Blow

Martina Rink

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An homage to the incomparable Isabella Blow, packed with reminiscences and anecdotes from all those who loved her


The incomparable Isabella Blow always pushed boundaries in the fashion world, often using her personality as her most offensive weapon. Famous for discovering talents such as Philip Treacy, Alexander McQueen, Sophie Dahl and Hussein Chalayan, she also nurtured and inspired many artists and designers across the industry. A unique stylist, she worked for Vogue and Tatler in the US and the UK, collaborating with major photographers on breathtaking and often infamous shoots.

Personal letters written exclusively for this book have been contributed by legendary names in the fashion world, from Valentino and Anna Wintour to Manolo Blahník and Naomi Campbell, and from artists such as Tracey Emin and Noble & Webster, whom she inspired. Iconic portraits have been contributed by some of the greatest photographers in fashion, including Mario Testino, Rankin, Donald McPherson and Richard Burbridge. All combine to paint a vivid image of Isabella that celebrates the ecstasy and tragedy of her astonishing life.

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'A stunning pictorial tribute filled with letters and snapshots, Martina Rink’s 'Isabella Blow' conveys her daftness, her style and her brilliant charisma'
Sunday Times

'The Blow that emerges is wounded, extravagant, self-mythologizing, and full of magic and madness'

'A very personal insight into a woman who inspired a lot of people … Beautifully produced, sensitively written and full of the flamboyance she was famous for, Isabella Blow is a fitting tribute to an all-time icon'

'Lavish … bursting with her outrageous ensembles and controversial shoots'
Daily Telegraph

'Full of personal letters and gorgeous pictures, this stylish book pays homage to the astonishing life of style icon Isabella Blow'

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Product Information

Book Details

Format: Hardback

Size: 32.0 x 24.5 cm

Extent: 192 pp

Illustrations: 125

Publication date: 13 September 2010

ISBN: 9780500515358

Contents List

Foreword by Philip Treacy • Introduction • Letters to Isabella Blow Appendix • Contributors

About the Author

Martina Rink began her career as a personal assistant to Isabella Blow. She now works for the advertising agency TBWA in Germany.

Philip Treacy is a leading Fashion designer

List of Contributors

Philip Treacy