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Fashion Muses

Top 10 fashion muses from the past 30 years


Fashion Muses
Top 10 fashion muses from the past 30 years


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Models are more than walking hangers that barely break 100 pounds. They define moments in fashion and movements in culture – think Twiggy in the swinging 60s of London or Kate Moss as the face of heroin chic. New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art paid tribute to these legendary ladies earlier this year in the exhibit, The Model as Muse: Embodying Fashion. In honor of FLARE’s 30th anniversary, we celebrate the top 10 fashion muses from the past 30 years.

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Inès de la Fressange


 
Inès de la Fressange

The 1970s: Inès de la Fressange

With flawless cheekbones and effortless elegance, the French beauty became the first model to sign an exclusive modeling contract with Chanel in the ’80s, where she became Karl Lagerfeld’s pearl-clad muse. Well into her 50s, De la Fressange is still working it taking a turn on the catwalk for Jean Paul Gaultier’s spring couture show catwalk and as brand ambassador for Roger Vivier.

 
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Loulou de la Falaise


 
Loulou de la Falaise

The 1970s: Loulou de la Falaise

Best known for seductively posing in the iconic Yves Saint Laurent Le Smoking jacket with a slim cigarette hanging from her pursed pout, Loulou de la Falaise’s [shown on right) androgynous allure inspired 30 years of the designer’s creations including his first ready-to-wear line.

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Mounia


 
Mounia

The 1970s: Mounia

The stunning Martinique-born model became YSL’s protégé after being discovered by Givenchy who brought her to Paris in the late ’70s. As the first black model for YSL, Mounia inspired the designer’s Bohemian creations and graced the covers of Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar.

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Isabella Blow


 
Isabella Blow

The 1980s: Isabella Blow

Legendary British aristocrat Isabella Blow never failed to shock and awe in her chic (but totally OTT) Phillip Treacy hats. The fashion rebel is credited with discovering Alexander McQueen and he in-turn paid tribute with his Spring 2008 collection.

 
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The Trinity


 
The Trinity

The 1980s: The “Trinity”

Linda Evangelista famously quoted in the ’90s: “We don’t wake up for less than $10,000 a day.” The “we” she was referring to was the Trinity—Naomi Campbell, Christy Turlington and of course, Evangelista—who were the only coined “supermodels” by the fashion world at this time, blurring borders between editorial, advertising and the runway.

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Donatella Versace


 
Donatella Versace

The 1980s: Donatella Versace

The perma-tanned, perma bleached and quintessentially Italian designer is the original muse to Gianni Versace. Her late brother bleached her hair as a child and Donatella never went back. Gianni later dedicated a perfume entitled Blonde.

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Sophia Coppola


 
Sophia Coppola

1990s: Sophia Coppola

Actress-turned-director Sophia Coppola tops the list of Marc Jacobs’ quirky inspirations. Her girl-next-door simplicity launched Jacobs’ Blush fragrance campaign and recently collaborated with her on an accessories line for Louis Vuitton. “She is young and sweet and beautiful,” the designer has said. “The epitome of this girl I fantasize of.”

 
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Kate Moss


 
Kate Moss

1990s: Kate Moss

The most enduring and evolving model of our times, La Moss altered our view of beauty from conventional to waif in her iconic 90s ad for Calvin Klein, moving on to become a muse for houses such as Louis Vuitton, Versace, Chanel and Burberry. No surprise that she was asked to co-chair the Met’s event.

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Agyness Deyn


 
Agyness Deyn

2000s: Agyness Deyn

London club kids Henry Holland and Agyness Deyn jointly launched the House of Holland brand as designer and muse in a sea of tartan. Friends since the age of 13, the two are so close that it was revealed that they even go to the bathroom together.

 
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Amy Winehouse


 
Amy Winehouse

2000s: Amy Winehouse

Rehab rebel Amy Winehouse was an unlikely muse for Karl Lagerfeld who tagged her the new Brigitte Bardot and a “style icon.” Her trademark beehive made its way on to Chanel’s pre-fall ’07 runway.

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Erin Wasson


 
Erin Wasson

2000s: Erin Wasson

Fashion’s new kid on the block, Alexander Wang, met his match in muse and BFF Erin Wasson. The story goes that they met while living in the same apartment building and Wang was so taken with Wasson that he let her style his Fall 2008 catwalk show. Wasson’s chiseled features and enigmatic eyes created an ideal canvas for Wang’s grunge inflected designs but it was really the model who was left inspired – just one season later, Wasson debuted her own fashion line.

Photos: Anthea Simms (runway), Getty Images (The Trinity), Startraks (Moss, Wasson, Winehouse).

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