georgina-chapman

A 1997 portrait of the late Isabella Blow, wearing Christian Lacroix and what looks like a hat fashioned from pheasant feathers. Blow was a fashion editor, stylist and muse who discovered and nurtured the likes of Alexander McQueen, milliner Philip Treacy, and Marchesa’s Georgina Chapman.

Known for her singular style, Blow secretly suffered from depression and took her life 10 years after this photo was taken. It was a loss that reverberated throughout the industry, made even more searing when her prodigy McQueen committed suicide in 2010. The world had lost a woman with a very distinct sense of self and a talent for spotting talent.

At her memorial, former boss Anna Wintour said that Blow not only wore fabulous clothes to work but also cleaned her desk with Perrier and Chanel perfume. Photo from Vogue Italia, March 1997.