THE DARK SIDE OF ALEXANDER MCQUEEN
In a new biography of the late Alexander McQueen, it’s suggested that the British fashion designer felt responsibility for the suicide of Isabella Blow, his mentor and an iconic figure in the fashion industry. Titled Alexander McQueen: Blood Beneath the Skin, author Andrew Wilson compiles anecdotes of McQueen’s cruelty to Blow and his growing disinterest in her as his own star ascended.
Blow, an eccentric aristocrat and die-hard fashionista, was mesmerized by McQueen ever since she attended his graduation show at Central St. Martins in London. At first, she acted as the designer’s entry into the exclusive fashion world, introducing him to her numerous contacts and securing him a six-page spread in Vogue, but as her mental health issues spiraled out of control, the designer distanced himself. At her funeral service in 2007, McQueen cried uncontrollably.