The Isabella Blow vs Lady Gaga debate - Kyran Low
If you are not familiar with the late Isabella Blow, let me first start by introducing you to the eccentric, outrageous, fearless and fabulous style icon. She embodied everything creative. An innovator who in the pretentious world of fashion, dared to be herself, and nothing but herself.
So it’s only right that a film be made about Isabella’s incredible life as a stylist, fashion editor and mentor to many young british fashion creatives. However, in recent weeks I have found myself having the same debate over and over again. Who best to play Isabella Blow? And what I’ve found is that so many are opposed to the prospect of Lady Gaga, an obvious candidate for the role, playing the part of this remarkable woman.
Now, Gaga has quite obviously taken a lifetime of inspiration from Isabella, granted. But so what! Why is that a problem? Perhaps Isbella’s eccentricity, gave someone like Gaga the courage to express herself outwardly. Isn’t that a wonderful thing? No doubt Isabella would be ecstatic with the knowledge that she inspired greatness.
Ahh but Isabella did it first I hear you cry, she was an innovator. So what? In that case, we are all guilty of imitating someone before us. Everything can be attributed to someone, but that doesn’t mean others shouldn’t be allowed to explore the same things. Being flamboyant, wearing outrageous clothes and adorning extravagant head attire should never be exclusive to just one individual. What a boring world it would be if that was the case. The point is, everyone has the right to express themselves regardless of the similarities in execution. Express yo’self, don’t repress yo’self.
Ahh, but Isabella belonged to the fashion elite I hear you cry, Gaga took it mainstream. Again, SO WHAT! Gaga was lucky enough to be able to take Isabella’s artistic vision to an entirely new platform, to a much wider audience. And as a result, Gaga has become beacon of creative hope for thousands of young people who may not have previously dared to break from the norm. Thousands of teenagers are able to identify, and express themselves freely thanks to Gaga. And ultimately, thanks to Isabella. So yes! Take it mainstream, spread the message, break the mould! INSPIRE INSPIRE INSPIRE.
My point is not that Gaga is the only person who can play the role of the wonderful Isabella Blow, but that the reasons people object to Gaga playing her, are in my opinion, absurd. Isabella encouraged self expression, she represented artistic freedom in its purest form and if you claim to respect what she stood for, yet also criticize someone for adopting those ideals… then, in my opinion, you are a hypocrite.
Ultimately, I believe it comes down to a sort of fashion snobbery. Its what Gaga represents (a successful, mainstream, pop artist) that doesn’t sit well with people. Ask yourself this, if Gaga were a struggling artist, would you still be of the same opinion?
Anyway, on that note I’ll end this little rant. Plus I’ve just realised that I’m going to be late for a meeting and I haven’t even showered yet, DAMMIT!
I’ll leave you with these iconic images of this extraordinary woman herself….