One of the most swoon-worthy designer/muse relationships is the one shared by Sofia Coppola and Marc Jacobs. And while she was credited as an actual collaborator on the SC Louis Vuitton bag collection which was born in 2008, she’s been acknowledged as a muse for a long time by the designer and the house.
The role of muse, often a nebulous one, took on a more concrete form for Vuitton’s resort collection. Julie de Libran, Vuitton’s studio design director, was credited with the design of the resort collection; Marc Jacobs focuses more on the big shows (ie fall and spring) and gives his trusted design team a lot of independence. He told WWD, “It’s all my group, people I’ve chosen because of a shared aesthetic. They enjoy having some freedom to put [cruise] together, and they welcome my comments.” They also welcome his muses, because de Libran asked Coppola to assist with the collection.