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Fashion Designers and their Muses

A match made in fashion heaven, designers seek their inspiration from stylish, beautiful and famous women who represent their brand and enhance their appeal and aesthetic.

6 Designer – Muse duos who’ve weaved magic in the fashion world

1. Givenchy and Audrey Hepburn

Audrey Hepburn and Hubert de GivenchyThe French designer, Givenchy and Audrey Hepburn’s collaboration may be long past but their impact on fashion is as relevant today. Audrey Hepburn breathed life into Givenchy’s designs in iconic films such as “Funny Face” (1957), “Sabrina” (1954) and of course “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” (1961). 

Hubert Givenchy: “There is not a woman alive who does not dream of looking like Audrey Hepburn,”

Audrey: “His are the only clothes in which I am myself”

2. Sabyasachi and Rani Mukherjee

Sabyasachi_ RaniFrom award functions to wedding receptions and durga poojas, Rani Mukherjee has been seen in Sabyasachi’s creations. Even on her wedding day the Bengali Beauty wore a gorgeous lehenga designed by Sabyasachi. Whether it’s the Bong connection or mutual admiration, it seems to be working wonders for both.

Sabyasachi : “I very carefully plug my sensibilities into the important films of the year, because at the end of the day, somebody who has made me a super brand in mass India is Rani Mukherjee. I am still regarded as Rani Mukherjee’s tailor. Every wedding that I go to, I am perceived of as famous because I have something to do with Rani.”

Rani: “I can only say that I am very happy to have Sabya as my brother, my friend and my family. I’m lucky to know him and yes, he makes such beautiful clothes.”

 3. Karl Lagerfeld and Diane Kruger

diane kruger karl  lagerfeld

The German-born actress known for her role as Helen of ‘Troy’ believes that it was Karl Lagerfeld who gave her a big break. From discovering her at 15 in Paris, they have come a long way and share a personal, close knit relationships and are even neighbours in Paris.

Lagerfeld: “With her natural elegance and beauty, Diane Kruger is one of the freshest, most recognizable faces in film.”

Diane: “People have said I am his muse but I don’t think I’d call myself that. It’s not how I think of our relationship. That’s big. It’s hard to describe Karl, he really is one of a kind.”

4. Rocky S and Bipasha Basu

Designer-Rocky-S-and-Bipasha Rocky S and Bipasha Basu have known each other for over a decade. Their professional relationship has grown into a close friendship. They have often been seen travelling, patying together and have both been instrumental in enhancing the other’s career.

Rocky S: “Bipasha is a very close friend. I understand her body language completely. Ever since she started her career, I have been designing for her. Over the period of years our bond has become so strong that we complement each other.It’s her trust in me and my designs that keeps our relationship going,”

Bipasha: “My friendship and admiration for Rocky S knows no bounds.”

5. Christian Louboutin and Dita von Teese

Dita-Von-Teese-and-Christian-Louboutin_glamour_15dec14_rex_b_960x1440Burlesque dancer Von Teese was one of Louboutin’s most fiercely loyal customers throughout her career and represented the Chritian’s earliest design inspiration: The Showgirl.

While one would not think of a burlesque dancer as the first choice for a luxury brand such as Louboutin, however the designer believes in Von Teese far beyond just her ability to turn heads and entertain crowds.

Louboutin: “Dita is the ultimate showgirl and top of my list of muses. Some people are naturally sophisticated and Dita’s sophistication comes from inside her.”

Dita: “Because all the shoes that I wear on stage that he made me are very special to me. No one else in the world makes a pair like them!

6. Manish Malhotra and Kajol

Manish KajolThis is a story of a reluctant dresser, a persuasive designer, a successful professional relationship spanning over two decades and a camaraderie for life.

Kajol from being the most casually dressed, almost anti- fashion is today considered a fashion diva. He has designed and styled for almost all of her films and even at award functions and press events, he’s her obvious first choice.

Malhotra: “I was touched that Kajol looked towards me as a friend not just her designer and stylist”

Kajol: “I only work with Manish.”

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