Blow by Blow

Blow by Blow

Alexander McQueen and Isabella Blow are the subjects of a new film documenting their complex relationship and their undeniable influence on the fashion industry

A new biopic named The Ripper is set to bring the turbulent relationship of Alexander McQueen and Isabella Blow into the spotlight. Produced by indie film company Maven Pictures and penned by screenwriter Gesha-Marie Bland, the film will provide an in-depth look at the friendship between the late designer and his muse.

Socialite Isabella Blow held positions at Tatler and The Sunday Times Style magazine and is credited for discovering many of fashion’s most influential figures such as milliner Philip Treacy, model Stella Tennant and designer Alexander McQueen - the latter at the Royal College of Art in the 90s. McQueen died in 2010 but still continues to influence the industry, his avant-garde Savage Beauty retrospective exhibition being a talking-point of the 2015 cultural calendar.

The Ripper isn’t the only upcoming film to feature the life of McQueen. Renowned director Andrew Haigh is also making a film about the designer that will highlight the relationship with his mother, Joyce, who died a mere nine days before McQueen committed suicide.

Casting for both films has yet to be announced and we’re excited to see who will be up to the challenge of taking on such compelling and significant characters.

  • Words: Rebecca Parker