new Isabella Blow exhibition is a must for anyone interested in a fashion career – or, for that matter, for anyone interested in fashion full stop.
Isabella Blow was a tour de force in the world of fashion, style and magazines, renowned for her creativity, for the eccentric, larger than life hats she wore and for the way she spotted up and coming designers way before anyone else clocked their talent.
An aristocrat by birth – she was born into the notorious Delves Broughton family – Blow began her career in the early 80s as Anna Wintour’s assistant at US Vogue and later became fashion director of Sunday Times Style and fashion director of Tatler. Her then editor, Geordie Greig, described her as “an academic with a punk rocker’s anarchic sense.” She also launched the careers of models like Stella Tennant and Sophie Dahl and of designer talents like Hussein Chalayan and Julien Macdonald.
But she was probably best known for discovering the brilliant fashion designer Alexander McQueen. She coolly bought up all the clothes he had made for his graduate show for the princely sum of...