The idea of the ‘muse’ originates from Greek mythology, where a sisterhood of Greek goddesses were thought to inspire some sort of creative process. Most noted fashion designers have muses, usually extraordinarily beautiful ones in the form of models and actresses. These women are often young, sophisticated and wealthy with an unprecedented sense of style. How incredible it is that a single person can influence and inspire a designer so much that they want their clothing to reflect another’s persona or aesthetic. In saying that not all great designers have used stunning muses. Take Alexander McQueen’s muse, the late stylist Isabella Blow. She certainly wasn’t a conventional beauty, but her sense of style was precocious enough for McQueen to be inspired.. Another is Karl Lagerfeld’s muse (formerly Yves Saint Laurent’s) Lady Amanda Harlech.
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Isabella Blow for Alexander McQueen Lady Amanda Harlech for Karl Lagerfeld