Vintage Editorials: 7 Of The Best Jean Muir Bill Gibb…
This month I seem to have two main Vintage obsessions. Bill Gibb & Jean Muir! I have no idea why just these two ‘particular’ iconic designers, but I just CANNOT seem to get enough of them. I have read articles, researched books, looked through sketches, read, read, read until my eyes blurred and my poor little right wrist started to feel numb from the lack of blood flow from mouse usage overload. These two mini editorials are exquisite. The photographs are well taken and give a true feel of movement and flare, whilst the sketches are subtle yet striking, detailed and incredibly elegant. The clothes simply jump off the page – well, they certainly made me want to buy, wear own them. Here’s a little bit of information about the late great Muir & Gibb….. Jean Muir Trained within the industry, Jean Muir worked as sketcher, then at Jaeger and finally for Jane and Jane until she established her own label in 1966 which finally outlived her. Having gained a reputation for simple, classic clothing defined by exquisite cut and detail, it is, perhaps, hardly surprising to learn that Jean Muir started honing her eye for design as a sketcher for Liberty of London in the Fifties.While the Sixties youth-quake dominated British fashion, Muir’s pared-down styles in luxury fabrics in dark or muted tones appealed to sophisticated women looking to define a new, classically sexy look all of their own. Muir’s own style — severe black bob and pale skin, offset by a slash of red lipstick — hinted at the intelligent, elegant customer to whom her timeless clothing appealed. (perhaps this is why her style appeals to me?) Known for her precision cut and great attention to detail, Jean Muir clothes “stand alone.” They are usually unadorned. She did not officially invent the little black dress, but she brought it to a new level, with signature colours like navy blue and black. Jean Muir perpetuated the all round use of the little black dress. The team Miss Muir assembled continue to design and make clothes to the same standards that she laid down and achieved in her lifetime, it is impossible to avoid the word, ‘Timeless’, to describe the designs created by ‘Jean Muir’ in the 21st Century, the quality of materials and design, combined with the skills of the dressmakers involved in the manufacture of the clothes are a sign that the Jean Muir Label will be available for any woman wishing to have the best for her wardrobe. (text by RDW Norton) Bill Gibb
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Natasha (a.k.a Miss Booty Barefoot) is a Cambridge-based Vintage Boutique owner, style maven and all out fashion lover. She is also an active vintage fashion blogger, street style photographer and vintage magazine curator. Being a busy mother of 2 small children, devoted wife & Boutique owner certainly takes up most of her time – however there are 24 hrs in a day, and 7 day’s in a week, so she try’s to squeeze as much out of her life as she possibly can.
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