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Drama Over Isabella Blow Biographies


Tom Sykes, the co-author the Isabella Blow biography Blow by Blow, has engaged in an all out war of words with the writer of rival biography Isabella Blow: A Life in Fashion.

It all started when Lauren Goldstein Crowe deemed her biography to be more credible by the people who attended her book party.

Both Issie's sisters and step-mother were there along with Ditmar Blow's sister and Philip Treacy, none of whom were at the Blow by Blow launch.

Once Sykes got word of Lauren's subtle dis, he went on the attack through the media.

In an email, he wrote:

Lauren Goldstein Crowe's outrageous insinuation to you that somehow her book is more accurate because Issie's sister came to her book launch cannot go unchallenged. Lavinia, Isabella's beloved youngest sister, came to the launch of our book in London, and was an honored guest at the dinner afterwards at Annabels. Freddie, Lavinia's son and one of Issie's cousins, was also at our launch in New York.

Isabella loathed her stepmother and frequently referred to her (in her inimitable style) as "a creature my father met on a bus in Hong Kong" so I would not take her presence at a book's launch party to be a particularly good endorsement of its integrity…Anna Wintour came to our launch in London, and has supported our book by mentioning it in the editor's letter in this month's issue of Vogue.

I wouldn't be saying all this if [Goldstein Crowe] had not launched this snide attack on our book, but now, I'm breaking my silence.


We have a feeling this isn't the last we've heard from either of them.

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The Met Honors McQueen With Exhibit


The Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art is giving the public a chance to see Alexander McQueen's work up close and personal with a new exhibit.

Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty will include designs from the McQueen archives beginning with his graduate show at Central Saint Martins to his final collection from earlier this year as well as pieces from Daphne Guinness and Isabella Blow's private collection.

CEO of the McQueen label Jonathan Akeroyd said:

"We felt it would be a great opportunity to show Lee's work and his incredible contribution to the world of fashion and art. It felt like the right thing to do. Lee loved the museum. It will give us a great opportunity to show Lee's work and the Alexander McQueen brand to a much broader community. It's the greatest tribute and important for his legacy, but it's also an exciting new chapter in the history of the brand."

McQueen's pieces will be on display from May 4th to July 31th, with a launch at the Costume Institute Gala on May 2nd.

Sounds like a great and must see event!

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Mario Testino Blows Off Issie's Exhibit

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If you're going to the Isabella Blow exhibit at Rockefeller Plaza don't expect to see any photographs from Mario Testino.

Originally, the famed photographer agreed to donate a photo to the celebratory exhibit, but suddenly changed his mind.

A source explains:

"So many photographers gladly supplied their work. But just a few weeks before, they got a message saying, 'Mario's season is fully booked, making it impossible for him to allocate any extra time.' He was always complaining how the fashion world turned its back on Issie, but he's just like everyone else."

Testino's rep was quick to refute the claim saying the photographer happily supplied an image to Blow's widower Detmar Blow to use on the sleeve of his book Blow by Blow.

The rep continued:

"When Mario's studio was approached to donate a print for the exhibition, we were not able to produce one 'of exhibition quality' at such short notice."

Considering it was for an exhibit at Anthropologie, we're sure they would have gladly accepted any quality.

Just sayin'.

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Daphne Explains Why She Bought Isabella Blow's Wardrobe

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Last month, Daphne Guinness stopped the sale of friend Isabella Blow's wardrobe to buy it all herself — and now she's speaking out about why she did it.

CLICK HERE to find out why!

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Daphne Guiness Buys Isabella Blow's Wardrobe


On September 15th, numerous pieces from Isabella Blow's wardrobe were going to be put up at auction, but thanks to Daphne Guinness that auction won't be happening.

The fashion icon and collector has privately purchased the entire Alexander McQueen and Philip Treacy filled collection that was headed to the auction block.

Daphne said of her purchase "It’s Issy — it’s her DNA — it should not be scattered to the four winds. I want it to remain as a monument."


We're sure she'll give it a great home!

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