Wednesday, 21 August 2013

'Blow Me'

Isabella Blow as a huge, iconic, and influential woman in the fashion industry. She was a English magazine editor who was born on 19th November 1958 to a very rich, and wealthy family. Her Father, Sir Evelyn Delves Broughton was a military officer, and her mother, Helen Mary Shore was a barrister. She had two sisters, Julia and Lavinia, and a brother John who tragically drowned in the family swimming pool when he was two.  When Isabella was 14 years old, her parents separated, and her mother left the household bidding a farewell to her and her sisters with only a friendly handshake. Two years later they got officially divorced. She didn't get on well with her father, who gave Isabella only £5,000 out of his estate worth over a million pounds. In 1979, she moved to New York to study Ancient Chinese Art. In 1981, she married her first husband, who introduced her to the U.S editor of Vogue, Anna Wintour. She was originally employed to be Wintour's assistant, but it wasn't long before she was assisting, Andre Leon Talley, the now U.S Vogues editor-at-large. She returned to London to work for Michael Roberts who was the fashion director of Talter and The Sunday Times Style Magazine. In 1989 she married her second husband, who was an art dealer. Blow is credited to discovering the talents of the famous, and missed Alexander McQueen, and the models Sophie Dahl and Stella Tennant. She had suffered depression about not being able to ''find a home in a world she influenced'', and about how she couldn't have a child. She separated from her husband because he was having an affair. Later, she was diagnosed with Bipolar disorder, and Ovarian Cancer. She had tried to take her own life several times before the time where she was found collapsed from drinking weedkiller, and then died the next day, in 2007.

Blow Me, is a play in Miami following her life. ''In Blow Me, we follow Isabella down the rabbit hole as her life comes to an end, which is only just the beginning of the ride, Isabella tells her own story as only she could remember it, through spectacle.'' The play is written by Jessica Farr, and directed by company's founder, Paul Tei. 

Blow Me is currently showing until September 1st. 

This photo is taken from a scene in 'Blow Me'

Isabella Blow and Alexander McQueen

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