Muses are something that every designer has, whether it is in
nature, a person, architecture, literature, or art. It’s your
inspiration of sorts. In Greek mythology muses are the nine daughters
of Mnemosyne and Zeus who inspire the creation of literature and
the arts. They were considered the source of the knowledge, related
orally for centuries in the ancient culture, which was contained in
poetic lyrics and myths. The compliment to a real woman who
inspires creative endeavor is a later idea. When I design I imagine
my muse as a woman and I ask who she is, then I think about what
person/character or celebrity embodies the spirit of the current collection.
And, since my spirit is always torn between the old, or vintage if you will, and
the new; the interesting; the tinge of 80s rock glam, my muses come from all
over time. A style whirlwind mash-up (“What did you say? Leather doesn’t go on
lace…what??”,”The harsh & ruff doesn’t go with soft & frilly?”
Johnny are you queer boy?).
A company’s archetype should have a lot to do with who their
muses are. Sometimes the “face” of the brand is usually the muse
in today’s society. Often times being celebrities or models, which makes
it a little easier to choose them as muses because everybody usually knows
who they are.
The 1930by ChrisJackson “woman” is sort of like a Succubus or a Femme
Fatale (yeah that sounds waaay sexier than Succubus, but you get the point): mysterious,
seductive, irresistible, desirable, a little dangerous, a seductress, an enchantress,
a woman whose charms ensnare her lovers in bonds of irresistible desire,
often leading them into compromising, dangerous,
and deadly situations.
In order for me to get all of that I pull from different places & eras
(Mostly Old Hollywood & the 80s)…..almost like I’m Dr. Frankenstein
building my perfect woman by using different characters (a.k.a celebrities)
because of either their music or roles they’ve played in movies.
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These are the women who inspire me, GO FIND YOUR OWN! 🙂
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