Isabella Blow, British stylist, designer muse and former fashion director of Tatler and London’s Sunday Times, died Sunday night. She was 48.
Blow was recently diagnosed with advanced ovarian cancer and had a surgery about two weeks ago. However, the precise cause of death could not immediately be established.
Born Isabella Delves Broughton in London in November 1958, she was the daughter of Sir Evelyn Delves-Broughton and his second wife, Helen Shore. Isabella relocated to New York in 1979 to study Ancient Chinese Art at Colombia. In 1981 she met Anna Wintour, then fashion director of American Vogue, and began working as her assistant.
Returning to London in 1986, Isabella became the fashion assistant to Michael Roberts, then fashion director of Tatler and the Sunday Times. She worked for British Vogue in 1993-97, before joining Sunday Times Style and, subsequently, Tatler.