FASHION

40 and Fabulous: Under the Influence


Stylist: Edward Enninful

They’ve embodied aesthetic movements and enlivened many a party. In celebration of W’s 40th anniversary, we look back at the extraordinary muses who’ve inspired four decades of fashion designers. Click here to purchase *W: The First Forty Years*.

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She designed romantic prints; he, flowing frocks. Together, the married couple—immortalized here in a David Hockney painting—defined seventies bohemian fashion.

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The singer and actress was Halston’s confidante, nightly sidekick, and Eliza Doolittle of sorts; he provided her with style advice and a smashing wardrobe. (The pair is pictured here with La Liz.)

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The couturier was rarely seen without a harem of chic collaborators—Schiano (far left) and de la Falaise among them—who collectively defined the YSL look.

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When Galliano started his label in 1984, this British aristocrat became his right-hand woman, working with the designer until, a dozen years later, he went to Dior and she to Chanel.

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Long fans of the ethereal actress, Viktor Horsting (right) and Rolf Snoeren cemented their adoration for Swinton with a fall 2003 runway show in which she modeled. Since then, Swinton has bewitched other designers as well—notably, Haider Ackermann.

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In reviving the elegance of the French footwear label Roger Vivier, brand creative director Frisoni couldn’t have found a more perfect ambassador than this former Chanel model.

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Jacobs has described Coppola as the type of girl he fantasizes about—and has continually called upon the director to be model, collaborator, and front-row fixture at his shows.

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The Balenciaga designer has cited the singer-actress’s nontraditional beauty and low-key style as inspirations for his collections— not to mention his first two fragrances, for which she’s the face.

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Though it was M.I.A’s 2008 hit “Paper Planes” that first got Versace’s attention, the designer has since fallen for the whole multi-culti-rebel package. “She is a total artist,” said Versace in our July 2011 issue.