Alexander McQueen and Isabella Blow photographed by David LaChapelle, 1996
Alexander McQueen is one of fashion’s most iconic and fascinating characters. Since his neo-gothic creations were first sent down the runway, celebrities have been begging to wear his designs, magazines have been clamoring to photograph them, and students have been trying to imitate him—one even wants to make backpacks out of his skin. But the first person to recognize his talent was British fashion editor, Isabella Blow.
In 1992, after seeing McQueen’s Central Saint Martin’s graduate collection, “Jack The Ripper,” Blow purchased the entire damn thing, sparking a passionate friendship between the two. An eccentric editor with a keen eye, Blow served as the designer’s muse until tensions between them ended their relationship in 2001. Known for her hats, oft by milliner Philip Treacy, Blow was an outrageous character until her suicide in 2007—just three years before McQueen’s own. Today, she’s credited with not only discovering McQueen, but inspiring some of his most iconic collections. Their friendship, as conflicted and as passionate as his designs, remains almost as legendary as McQueen himself.
Earlier today, Maven Pictures revealed they’ve been working on a film about the pair. The Ripper, written by Gesha Marie-Bland, will be a full-length feature drama about McQueen and Blow’s tumultuous friendship. As of now, not much is known about the film or who will play the title characters, but if it’s even half as dramatic as the duo was in real life, it’s sure to a real cinematic moment.