The relationship between an artist and his muse has always been private, intuitive and complex. The word muse comes from Greek mythology and refers to “a guiding spirit” or “source of inspiration.” Throughout Classical mythology, poetry and literature, a muse was a goddess or spirit who enabled authors to bring their visions to life. This same notion is alive today with talented designers and the models, actresses and women of unparalleled style who inspire them. Here are five prominent fashion designers and their muses from the past and present who embody this visceral and fabled relationship.
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1. I Want to Be a Coppola highlights the relationship of artist and muse in “Sofia Coppola Meets Marc Jacobs.” Noting Sofia’s “official” status as Marc’s long-time muse, she describes the pairs’ long history as collaborators, mutual admirers and friends in the fashion world.
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3. Collage Vintage describes Diane Kruger as another “It girl” who has a “great sense of fashion and is always impeccable.” The actress turned Chanel muse is constantly making headlines for her sophisticated and unabashed fashion sense. Her impeccable style and elegant fashion sense is highlighted in "Style Icon: Diane Kruger Part I."
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4. From the red carpet to magazine covers to an ad campaign for Chanel, Blake Lively has certainly made a name for herself in the fashion world. The actress has secured her place in history as Karl Lagerfeld’s muse and Chanel’s ambassador. According to Fashion sans Fortune who is a self-proclaimed ‘crazy-fan’, the starlet “can do no wrong (fashion-wise), even without a stylist,” as stated in “I heart Blake Lively.”
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5. Edie Sedgwick, “the Ultimate Style Icon” had an incredible impact on the lives she touched including artists Andy Warhol and Bob Dylan. Her legacy has continued to inspire artists and designers for generations and just this week, Marc Jacobs channeled the ‘60s icon in his New York Fashion Week Spring 2013 show. I’m a Rebel spotlights Edie and her role as a timeless fashion muse.