Posts in MUSES
MUSES: Cowgirls of the 40's

the girls at the rodeo circa '48 don't look that different from the girls I have befriended in Texas circa 2015. In fact, I would argue that the only thing that really dates these photos are the hairstyles and the lipstick. Rough up her hair a bit, wipe off the makeup, and bam -- there's a fresh-faced woman who looks right at home in present day America. Perhaps listening to Gillian Welch drinking Lonestar beer during Christmastime.

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MUSES: Emmylou 

"Animals have a much better attitude to life and death than we do. They know when their time has come. We are the ones that suffer when they pass, but it's a healing kind of grief that enables us to deal with other griefs that are not so easy to grab hold of. I think one of the keys to any kind of peace in the world is to live in the moment. I guess that's why I love dogs so much, because they are so in the moment. They just keep bringing you back to that." — Emmylou Harris

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MUSE: Rita Nebraska in 'Little Fauss and Big Halsy'

While Little Fauss and Big Halsy (1970) remains utterly un-memorable in both plot and story arc, the denim-heavy wardrobe sported by it's stars has managed to worm a very rutty path in the dusty highways of my heart.

Halsy Knox (Redford) and Little Fauss (Pollard) are competing motorcycle racers who meet wealthy east-coast runaway and recovering drug-addict Rita Nebraska (Hutton) outside the Phoenix racetrack one scorching Saturday morning.  Nebraska's mussy, windswept tomboy style and 'little girl lost' story capture the attention of both men, but it is Little Fauss who is most taken with her dazed and confused story of denim-clad distress.

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MUSES: Kate Worum

A graduate of Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Kate works for Target in trend research and development by day, and her side hustle is comprised of a steady stream of freelance illustration work by night. Kate’s personal projects are where her flippant and freewheelin’ sense of humor really come out to play – (um, hello boob-print wallpaper) and every piece she creates never fails to put a smile on my face or a spring in my step. A breath of fresh air, this one.

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MUSES : Schoolgirls Captured by Nina Leen

The beautiful stoic poise of these girls belies a wisdom and elegance far beyond their years. The photo doesn't show what bottoms they are wearing, but I like to imagine them all wearing a pegged plaid, wide-cuffed skinny trouser with a pair of Nike Blazers.

Photo taken by Nina Leen for LIFE Magazine, circa 1956.

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MUSES: Stylist Amy Keller

I asked Keller what past projects she is most proud of -- regardless of scope or notoriety.

"All the work I’ve done for Levi’s is something I’m actually very, very proud of. The styling is still so iconic. Those photos, a lot of them won’t ever go out of style. It’s all a mix of sexy-tomboy-girl-next-door and that’s what I absolutely love.”

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MUSES: Jennifer Herrema of Black Bananas

She's designed a denim line for Volcom, toured with Kurt Vile, and has  been a member of underground rock royalty before that term made people want to vomit in their mouths. She's tuned in and totally checked out and the only thing I can tell you about her with any consistency is that she's usually wearing that sam foxtail from a jean-clad hip. Jennifer Herrema of Black Bananas seems like a volatile road-trip companion and an intimidating room mate but I'd love to raid her closet.

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MUSES: Emmanuelle Alt

Timeless and effortless, her dress is the perfect daily uniform. Polished and powerful in bold basics, a sharp jacket, and bare-faced makeup, she is, as Karl Lagerfeld once described, 'a very handsome french woman.'

However, Miss Alt is not the only one.  Chan Marshall (especially circa 2006-2008), Charlotte Gainsbourg, Caroline de Maigret, Diane Keaton, Jane Birkin, Sophia Coppola.... ...they consistently shy from bright colors, feminine dresses, 'done' hair - yet this simplicity makes them seem ever- ready for a glass of whiskey, a smoke, and a romp in the hay. Bravo.

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MUSES: battling bella

Today's fashion inspiration comes from an unlikely source -- Bella Abzug. Feminist, fashion plate, leader, lawyer, US representative, Zionist.... - Battling Bella wore many hats. Literally.

As a young New York attorney in the 1940's Bella wore wide-brimmed hats around the offices of Pressman, Witt & Cammer so as to not be mistaken for a secretary. They quickly became her trademark, long after receiving the appropriate accolades and attention. Her 1970 campaign slogan was inspired, just like her headwear choices.

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MUSES: Georgia O'Keeffe

Perhaps her minimalism seemed oppressive to others -- a self-imposed denial of aesthetic pleasures and modern comforts. But adornment and addition for their own sake are what seemed oppressive to O’Keeffe. She was a master editor - lover of the barren, raw, wild, and wind-swept. Keeper of all things callous, coarse, fibrous, and unfinished. To separate the wheat from the chaff -- this is where she excelled. Great work is marked by simplicity.

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