Fashion stylist died after taking poison

The fashion stylist Isabella Blow, who killed herself with a dose of poison earlier this year, had attempted suicide at least four times before and had "harboured expectations that she would die at an early age for many years", an inquest heard yesterday.

Blow, who was 48, was a fixture on the fashion circuit, renowned for her eccentric hats and her sharp eye for emerging talent. She was credited with launching the careers of the milliner Philip Treacy, the designer Alexander McQueen and the models Sophie Dahl and Stella Tennant.

Gloucester coroner's court heard that despite her public persona, Blow had struggled for years with depression, having been traumatised by watching her brother drown when he was two, by the break-up of her parents' marriage, by her failure to have children and by doubts over her career. It was also told that she had been diagnosed with ovarian cancer.

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