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Isabella Blow dies at the age of 48

The UK fashion industry lost one of its most influential and eccentric stars this week. Stylist Isabella Blow died on Monday, aged 48. She was credited with discovering designers Julien Macdonald and Alexander McQueen, and helped to launch the modelling careers of Honor Fraser, Stella Tennant and Sophie Dahl. Blow was famous for her flamboyant headwear designed by Philip Treacy, another of her proteges. Although Blow was linked with haute couture, she was also involved with high street retail. In 2005 she worked with Miss Selfridge's then-brand director Sim Scavazza on the launch of the Arcadia chain's first catwalk event. 'She brought a complete quirkiness to the show,' said Scavazza. 'It was her individuality that made her.' British Fashion Council chief executive Hilary Riva said Blow was 'individual, inspirational and respected' by the fashion industry. 'She will be remembered as one of the most brilliant members of the fashion community,' she added.

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