All you McQueen fans get ready. A new film about Alexander McQueen and his muse and patron, the famously eccentric fashion editor & lover of hats, Isabella Blow. The film which will be produced by Maven Pictures, will be titled ‘The Ripper’ and will explore the pair’s relationship which was, at times, tumultuous.
Known as being the most eagle-eyed fashion talent of her time, Blow spotted McQueen at the Central Saint Martins MA graduate show in 1992, and was reportedly so impressed with what she saw that she bought his entire collection, which was aptly titled ‘Jack the Ripper’, for £5,000. She later went on to support the designer and thanks to her, McQueen became extremely successful.
The two became friends, though tensions grew between them when McQueen’s label was bought by the Gucci Group (now Kering) in 2001. “She was upset that Alexander McQueen didn’t take her along when he sold his brand to Gucci. Once the deals started happening, she fell by the wayside. Everybody else got contracts, and she got a free dress,” her friend Daphne Guinness said speaking to Cathy Horyn in 2007.
Both lives came to abrupt and tragic ends with Blow committing suicide in 2007 and McQueen 3 years later in 2010. The Ripper will definitely be a must-see into the lives of the most prolific and intriguing collaborators in fashion history.
Documentation of their relationship won’t be the first of it’s kind as it was previously explored in the 2011 BBC documentary titled McQueen and I.
Another films also seems to be in the pipeline with ’45 Years’ director Andrew Haigh also creating a biopic, though no more details about the title have been revealed since the initial announcement in January.