Monday, October 7, 2013


Audrey Hepburn in Givenchy

I was looking at a series of images today from W Magazine about fashion designers and their muses. The concept of "muses" originated in Greek Mythology and were the daughters of Zeus and Mnemosyne, goddesses of the inspiration of literature, science and the arts. They were considered the source of the knowledge, related orally for centuries in the ancient culture that was contained in poetic lyrics and myths.(Wiki)

For this application a muse is defined as, a woman, or a force personified as a woman, who is the source of inspiration for a creative artist (1) Fashion designers throughout history have all had muses at one time or another.

In the W piece it was greats like Yoko Ono  (For Proenza Schouler) 
Photo: W Magazine

and not so great's like MIA (for Donatella Versace)

When thinking of the ultimate fashion designers muse I think of Audrey Hepburn and the french designer Hubert de Givenchy. Their relationship was legendary and produced some of the most beautiful and iconic dresses of all time.
Iconic: Givenchy "Breakfast at Tiffany's" LBD - 1961

They met in 1953 on the set of Audrey's film "Sabrina" and they remained friends until her death in 1993. Givenchy told the WSJ, "She was wonderful. She was someone unique. She was real. She could do everything"

Hepburn said (as read in Vogue) "His are the only clothes in which I am myself. He is far more than a couturier, he is a creator of personality," 


Do you have a muse? 

If you were a designer/artist who would your muse be?

Vintage Givenchy via Evolution Vintage

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