The muse fascinates the artist as much as she inspires him. Muse, friend, or artistic guide, both often form an inseparable tandem, a fusional relationship. Whether it is the time of a collection or that it lasts a lifetime, this collaboration very often leaves an indelible imprint in the work of the creator. Cross portrait of muses with classic or atypical beauties, but always very charismatic.
Yves St Laurent and Betty Catroux
Many muses inspired Yves Saint Laurent's design vision, but the woman who made the biggest impression on him was model Betty Catroux.
Yves Saint Laurent called her his “twin sister”. They met one night in 1967, in the Chez Régine nightclub. From that day on, they never left each other. She becomes the muse of the couturier who speaks of her as his feminine incarnation. It was his favorite model and his sleepless partner. Betty Catroux helped pave the way for contemporary women's fashion by using a more androgynous approach in her collections.
Azzedine Alaïa and Grace Jones
Nicknamed the "King of Cling", Azzedine Alaïa was the first designer to parade racialized models. In the 80s, the androgynous and sculptural Grace Jones became the muse of the couturier From the height of her seventy-nine meters, the Jamaican fascinated Azzedine Alaïa.
The duo quickly changed public perception of the perfect Bond Girl, with Alaïa having dressed Jones in the 1985 film Dangerously Yours.
Jean Paul Gaultier and Madonna
In the 90s, not a single appearance of Madonna was accompanied by a look signed by Jean Paul Gaultier.
Madonna's 1990 conical bra, a testament to the singer's daring personality, is credited to Jean Paul Gaultier for propelling her to iconic status in the fashion world.
After 30 years of friendship, the duo attended the Met Gala together in 2018 where Madonna wore one of the designer's pieces.
Marc Jacobs and Sofia Coppola
Marc Jacobs met young director Sofia Coppola in the early 90s while working for Perry Ellis. The duo hit it off quickly after discovering they shared similar tastes in art and music, which cemented their creator-muse relationship. Marc Jacobs and Sofia Coppola have collaborated with each other throughout their careers, from film sets to the biggest fashion shows.
Jeremy Scott and Devon Aoki
Moschino's extravagant artistic director Jeremy Scott has a long-standing friendship with 2 Fast & 2 Furious actress Devon Aoki, whom he calls his "Eternal muse". In an interview, Jeremy Scott said: "[Devon] started her modeling career with me at 13, she's one of my best friends. My baby muse forever, the most beautiful woman in the world to me. Having her with me on the catwalk after [almost] a decade of not doing a runway was such an honor and such a joy."
Olivier Rousteing and the ''Balmain Army''
Olivier Rousteing has been highlighting each of his models on social networks for several years. A way for him to reveal their admiration on a daily basis. They are each in their own way his muse.
Whether it's internationally recognized models like Naomi Campbell or Jourdan Dunn or celebrities like the Kardashian-Jenner sisters or Rihanna.
He decided that she was all part of what he calls: The Balmain Army, an army of iconic and inspiring women for whom he imagines ideal models.
Kate Moss and Stella McCartney
Kate Moss and Stella McCartney have been friends for over two decades and have worked together many times. Here is what Stella said in 2009 about her acolyte for the spring/summer 2009 collection: "Kate embodies the Stella McCartney woman, and I wanted to capture her dreams and the moments we have shared over the years".