With the Metropolitan Museum, New York’s latest exhibition, Model as Muse: Embodying Fashion it brings to our attention that models have been influencing fashion for decades. We are so preoccupied with Kate Moss inspiring the fashion of the moment that we could easily believe that it is a new phenomenon. But just as Hollywood actresses have for decades inspired fashion and trends so too have models.
Think Jean Shrimpton’s controversial appearance at the Melbourne Cup in Australia, 1965 which caused the universal acceptance of the Mini skirt. Or Twiggy in the mid 60’s, as the face of ’66. Her stick-thin frame and amazing eye make up influenced the way young women not only dressed but also the way the desired their physique to be.
On then to the 70’s with the rise of the glamazonian model, Jerry Hall and Grace Jones inspired women to seek the luxuries in life. Gerry herself was discovered on a beach in St. Tropez and by the end of the decade was a regularly seen on the arm of Mick Jagger in swish haunts such as Studio 54. She also starred in the music video for her then fiancé, Brian Ferry’s hit Let’s Stick Together.
The 80’s and 90’s gave us the Supermodel, in a class of their own these beautiful women inspired all of us to be chic, classy and as near damn perfect as possible. If women weren’t influenced by their look then, Linda Evangelista’s iconic statement “we don’t wake up for less the $10K a day” would certainly have echoed in the yuppy ears of the high earners of the decade.
The big six, Claudia Schiffer, Linda Evangelista, Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell, Christy Turlington and *, were the embodiment of money, success and sexual power. We all wanted to be like them.
*(The jury is still out on the 6th, Kate Moss, Stephanie Seymour, Tatjana Patitz, Helena Christiansen? you decide).
Personally this Peter Lindbergh image, screams the decade to me with our favourite blonde super’ possibly on her holidays?
But this amazing Herb Rittz is just as convincing even with the absence of Linda and Claudia.