Someone once said, I used to think that a muse was like a fairy that whispered in your ear, you know one of those sexy little tinker bells girls in a short skirt who look like cheerleaders such as Elle Woods or the Elle Fanning fairy whom people love so much even possibly that Marlyland-Betty we know as Alicia Sylverstone
A muse. hmmmm, why is our muse so special. Well first of all she is special because she is everywhere and in everything and sometimes the blessing is inside our own eyes and is a very personal blessing. This attention to detail of our spirits by our muse is why creativity, commerce and business is so successfull.
Fashion Week is upon us.
Fashion week is always upon us with beautiful gorgeous women blessing our eyes with pouty lips and faces like little girls in need of daddy’s attention and affections. What more could we ask for in this world?
Looking at fashion magazines I notice that Vanity Fair‘s lineup seems at times to bring out the best in the designers who create clothes for them or with them in mind. Then as you pick up each different magazine its muse comes to life with fashion relationships compounding on fashion relationships.
Such is the way of the muse.
In the absence of talent and the blessing then a muse is “. . . someone or something who is blessed that lights a spark and get things moving.”
Talented designers and the women who inspire them have created “musical” pairings an energy so irresistable that without knowing they created fashion history.
Perhaps the greatest pairing of all time is the Hepburn/Givenchy relationship.
Then there is that of: Millicent Rogers and Charles James. Millicent certainly fit the gorgeous, skinny, somber requirement, but she was more than another Ideal women who made shine James’s fashions.
Millicent’s own taste and style often directed and invariably influenced the designers she worked with. Millicent pushed James to create what she wanted and perhaps was the cause of his success and the reason their relationship produced such great fashion sense. Their relationship began in 1930 when Millicent went to London with a group of friends to see a talked-about young designer named Charles James.
They say that Millicent’s name became paired with his at the height of his fame when she functioned as both his patron and muse. But a good designer should need no human muse, unless it’s the spirit of woman in the flesh which is a whole different proposal. That is why our muse is so special.
In the quickly changing world of twenty-first century fashion, it is hard to imagine the influence that a few key and highly respected fashion designers wielded in their time. However, it is not hard to imagine that Fashion could not be successful without some sort of blessing from our blessed tender Holy Spirit
To keep our minds on beauty and color from pitty and compassion our Muse weaves in and out of a fashion world making sure God’s favor is seen in one or more designers through the collective of efforts of people dedicated to peace and beauty.
The fashion business would not exist if not for God. God, people and the human spirit are what keep alive designer brands.
After World War II, fashion became even more important and Charles James was back then considered a giant, an innovator on the tip of every fashionable woman’s tongue in the forties and fifties.
His sculpted party dresses created in lavish fabrics and inventive colors was his signature. His coats and capes trimmed with fur and embroidery also left their mark in fashion history but where is his work today? Does anyone even care anymore? Many names from his era are still around and his name is still around but his label has yet again to make a come back and the label has to confront Carolina Herrera and Oscar de la Renta and shoot directly for the top and nothing less will do.
It has also been noted that James was one of the oddest and most difficult personalities in the legends of fashion history. Men of genius are often difficult. They also inspire critics often say things in compliment that if they knew what they were talking about, they would retract their statesment.
One reviewer called him “kissed by the furies.” God forbid. That is like being tapped by fates and drawn into a whirlwind relationship only later be dropped into some fashion folder and forgotten by the very people you helped rise to the top.
Despite all in the life of this kind and peaceful man there was Millicent who tamed James with her matchless manner; soothing, demanding and yet flattering. She always got what she asked for. A good woman always does and their relationship was considered one of the most famous and fruitful designer-client collaborations in American fashion history. Her tender kiss upon his work is what kept him going.
Oh him Cherri Burns wrote, “His first design for her was a nightgown, a “deshabille” of white and rose organdy trimmed with lace and biscuit colored ribbons when she was hospitalized with a bout of her recurring heart ailment. Instinctively he understood style and finery as a tonic for her morale. “
In all James created more than 45 original designs for Millicent, and her financial patronage was essential to his business success in the late 1940s. Millicent was the prototype modern woman.
James passed away in 1978. He has been born again and may even be in a business unrelated to fashion. …aughh the horror to even think of not being involved in the fashion business,
During his life as Charles James shared much with his wife Nancy who explained, “Millicent Rogers inspired him more than anyone and that he felt that Millicent could help him to resolve a design when he wasn’t certain how to finish it.”
James was direct in his own admiration of Millicent and wrote to her in one letter writing,
“…when you came into my house everyone at once knew what they were to do, and how to do it. And that special quality of bringing out people’s work at its best was what gave you a special rating.”
James’s crediting and kind and specially tender words of Millicent is what today has today brought his memory back and to the pages of JC Angelcraft Paris. We need more kind words about each other and less jealously. At least that’s the I see things. JC Angelcraft
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