Fashion Stylist Isabella Blow Dies *UPDATE* Suicide Confirmed

  1. Did fashion muse Isabella poison herself?

    8th May 2007

    Mystery today surrounded the death of Isabella Blow, one of the British fashion industry's most eccentric characters, amid claims that she may have poisoned herself.

    The 48-year-old fashion director of Tatler magazine, a self-confessed depressive, was found collapsed in her Gloucestershire home on Sunday and pronounced dead in hospital yesterday morning.
    Her art dealer husband, Detmar Blow, said she had been very ill after fighting ovarian cancer but declined to say whether she took her own life.

    [​IMG] Legend: Isabella Blow discovered Alexander McQueen and Sophie Dahl

    However, friends staying at Hilles, the couple's Arts and Crafts home in Painswick, Gloucestershire, suggested that Blow, who suffered intense bouts of depression, poisoned herself on Saturday after telling house guests she was going shopping.

    Her death follows at least two other suicide attempts. Last year she was in hospital after taking an overdose and in 2005 tried to kill herself by throwing herself off a bridge over a motorway.

    Her husband, to whom she became engaged 16 days after meeting him, said: "She was a ray of sunshine. She was a beautiful, brave woman: indefatigable, courageous and brilliantly theatrical.
    "She had money worries like all artists. She suffered depression. She said to me once, 'I'm fighting depression and I can't beat it.'"
    "Thoughts of suicide were a big part of her existence and her persona," said designer Zac Posen. But so too was her ambition "to better people's lives by exposing them to creativity," he added.

    [​IMG] Head start: with Philip Treacy, whose millinery she championed, and, right, with her husband Detmar, to whom she became engaged 16 days after they met

    Blow was one of fashion's most influential personalities, and famed for her originality and boundless enthusiasm as a stylist.
    Geordie Greig, editor of Tatler, led the tributes. "She was without doubt one of the great figures of fashion of the 20th century," he said. Anna Wintour, editor-in-chief of American Vogue, called her "a free spirit that really believed in individual talent". Blow began her fashion career in 1981 as Wintour's assistant.
    "In a world that's largely driven by corporate culture she was a joy to have," Wintour added. "She was not too good at getting to the office before 11am, but then she would arrive dressed as a maharaja or an Edith Sitwell figure.
    "I don't think she ever did my expenses but she made life much more interesting."
    Blow wore the clothes of the designers she discovered, including milliner Philip Treacy whom she spotted in 1989when he was a student at the Royal College of Art. She was also credited with discovering Alexander McQueen, buying his entire graduate collection.

    Michael Roberts, fashion editor of Vanity Fair, remembered working with Blow at Tatler in the Eighties. "She was like an exotic bird," he said. "Issy was living rather like Diana Vreeland, the legendary fashion editor of the Fifties. She seemed to be trying to translate the styles of the Fifties and Sixties to modern life in a dull office in Hanover Square. "At times it could be difficult for her. Life tramples on people like that."
  2. i read about this earlier, it's so sad :crybaby:
  3. yes i was saddened by this, she seems to have had a really tough run of luck, and had made attempts on her life before :sad:

    She discovered some amazing talent. May she RIP
  4. That's so sad. :cry:
  5. This is so sad!
  6. wow! I cant beleive it, she had a great career, friends and husband why would she want to end her life?
  7. Wow. I'm shocked. She was such a fabulous person. She was so young too. That's horrible. Depression is a mighty beast.
  8. ohmygod! im in shock
  9. Very sad... sudden and so young!
  10. OMG how horrible and sad!!
  11. It's very sad. She had such a unique look in the fashion world especially with her hats.
  12. R.I.P Isabella
  13. Oh my . Personally i have never heard of her but it is so sad to hear of people that did suffer of deppresion.It's such sad news
    . R.I.P
  14. Quite often the most talented and creative people struggle with mental disorders. Maybe thats what shapes their creativity.
    Coupled with a disease like ovarian cancer, she probably just wanted some control over her life.
    Very sad :sad: