- ISBN 9780500515358
- 32.00 x 24.50 cm
- 125 Illustrations, 84 in colour
- First published 2010
‘Lavish … bursting with her outrageous ensembles and controversial shoots ’ – The Daily Telegraph
‘The Blow that emerges is wounded, extravagant, self-mythologizing, and full of magic and madness’ – Vogue
‘A stunning pictorial tribute filled with letters and snapshots, Martina Rink’s Isabella Blow conveys her daftness, her style and her brilliant charisma’ – The Sunday Times
‘Full of personal letters and gorgeous pictures, this stylish book pays homage to the astonishing life of style icon Isabella Blow’ – Look
‘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’ – i-D
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.
Martina Rink began her career as a personal assistant to Isabella Blow. She is now director of Fashion Spotlight in Berlin.
See video of the book launch at the Haunch of Venison on 13 Sept 2010