Isabella Blow: A Life In Fashion

By Megan Thomas

Firstly, isn’t this cover the most delightfully extra thing you’ve ever seen? Well, it’s bland compared to the vivacious woman whose life it documents.

I had never heard of Isabella Blow prior to reading this biography by Lauren Goldstein Crowe – which, as I understand it, is pretty shocking for anyone with any link to the fashion industry and having read her life-story, I can see why.

Here’s a #HaveYouReadThisChallenge for everyone: read a biography about someone you’ve never heard of, from an industry you’re not particularly knowledgeable about. And if you hadn’t heard of Isabella either, consider choosing this one.

A marker of excellent non-fiction is its ability to grab people who aren’t necessarily interested in it, and making them interested. All the while talking to them in a way that doesn’t alienate those who are. Isabella had an intense life, often a sad one, and an infamously tragic death.

From the outside, Isabella seemed to love life and the glamorous existence she espoused – kind of like the cover of this book. But the pages within tell a much more detailed story of a life spent wanting what was out of reach, or rather wanting the fantasy of a life that didn’t exist.

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