Creativity Needs Inspiration.
Throughout history muses were considered the platonic ideal. In Greek mythology, muses were goddesses who inspired poetry, literature, and art. They were perceived as a source of knowledge. Great artists immortalized their muses. Michelangelo painted Mona Lisa. Beethoven wrote Fur Elise.
Modern history brought a more collaborative relationship between artist and muse: John and Yoko, Scott and Zelda, and Andy Warhol’s fascination with doomed beauty Edie Sedgwick.
Fashion is no exception.
Designers use muses as the embodiment of their ideal woman, and design with her in mind.
Yves Saint Laurent’s lifelong alliance with Betty Catroux began when both were very young and continued throughout his life.
Catoux’s status endured. Decades later, when designing for Gucci, Tom Ford also found inspiration in her ageless style and androgynous beauty.
We’ve been reflecting on muses and their power to inspire new insights and new ways of doing things. We can have one muse or many. A muse need not be famous or even beautiful, but must exude style and attitude.
Flashionista will be traveling to Paris next week. While in the City of Light we’ll be carefully observing Parisian women as muses in an effort to observe some secrets to the renowned
au natural Parisian style. We’ll bring them back to you.