Tuesday, January 19, 2016

The designer Bible - Part 48. - Jean Muir

Jean Elizabeth Muir,   (born July 17, 1928, London, England—died May 28, 1995, London), British dressmaker who , as a champion of "the little black dress," created classically elegant, deceptively simple women’s fashions for three decades. Muir taught herself to sew at boarding school, and she later took a job in the stockroom of Liberty’s department store in London. 

Jean Muir

She apprenticed as a designer at Jaeger Ltd. (1956-62) and Jane & Jane (1962-66) before she started her own label in 1967. Using such soft fabrics as jersey, crepe, suede, and cashmere, Muir paid minute attention to detail, a hallmark of her excellent craftsmanship. Her designs, which emphasized perfect tailoring, featured graceful shapes that flattered almost any woman’s silhouette. Her creations proved to be equally successful in the "swinging ’60s" and the more conservative ’80s

Jean Muir - Robe - Soie - Motifs Orangé - Joanna Lumley - 1967Source

1960s Mod Coat Dress Young Designer Jean Muir by BessieAndMaiveSource

Jean Muir - Robe Courte - Vogue - 1968Source

Jean Muir - Robe Maxi - Soie Multicolore - Vogue - 1972 Source
Jean Muir dress in the 70's

Muir’s many honours include the British Fashion Industry Award (1984), the Australian Bicentennial Award (1988), and election to the British Fashion Hall of Fame (1994). She was made Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1984

Vintage Vogue 1874 Sewing Pattern, Jean Muir, 1970s Blouse Pattern, Vogue Designer, Bust 34, 1970s Sewing Pattern, Ruffled Neckline Blouse by sewbettyanddot on EtsySource

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