Who is Misia Sert
If you had a time machine, where would you go? Oh, I have plenty of dream destinations, from Queen Hatchepsut’s ancient Egypt to that cruel, sexy Viking Age. But for my latest couture collection, I travelled back to Paris during the first exciting decades of the 20th century. Just imagine: Renoir and Monet painting their impressionist master pieces, Proust penning ‘A la recherche du temps perdu’, Debussy bewitching audiences with his radical compositions. At the centre of all this, one mysterious woman. Meet my inspiration: cultural icon and muse Misia Sert.
Who was this mysterious lady?
Misia’s life reads like an adventure novel. Her mother died giving birth to her, and Misia –meaning ‘small she-bear’ in Polish- grew up well-connected but neglected by her father, a famous Polish sculptor. She was a gifted piano player, and took lessons from none other than Franz Liszt and Gabriel Fauré. (check out Toulouse-Lautrec’s mesmerizing painting of Misia at her piano!) She chose instead to make a career as a formidable wife and an unforgettable muse, inspiring composers, artists, poets, musicians, thinkers, dancers and designers—and helping with money.
”Woman has everything, but Misia has every woman,” fashion icon Coco Chanel wrote, describing her close friend Misia’s influence. (Coco and Misia used to go on wild road trips through Europe together, a bit like Thelma and Louise but dressed to the nines) And indeed, Misia’s famous Parisian salons brought together the greatest talents of the century. When composer Igor Stravinsky first played the piano score of ‘Le Sacre du Printemps’ to Ballets Russes-director Serge Diaghilev —in Misia’s apartment of course— she spotted it as a masterpiece before Diaghilev did.
Misia was more charismatic than beautiful, yet painters couldn’t stop painting her. She wasn’t an artist, but indirectly created some unforgettable pieces of art. I think composer Erik Satie described her best when he called her ‘a magician’. To celebrate Misia’s magic and her everlasting influence, I created this deeply sensual Fall/Winter collection.
I hope it inspires you to be your own muse!
Coming home for xmas
Confession: I am a total Xmas fanatic. I LIVE for the holiday season. While my usual taste can best be described as austere and intellectual, come Christmas, I’m into kitsch. Big time. Bring on the glitter, the glühwein and the sentimental songs!
Real life Cluedo with a sexy twist
Forget about stressful family gatherings and long, boring dinners; let me show you how to survive the (Christmas-) holidays in sexy style!
Embrace your dark side – get inspired for Halloween
Imagine if there were a night where it would be socially acceptable to indulge your deepest darkest dreams. An annual opportunity for women to dress like their sexual fantasies – be it a blood-thirsty vampire or a flirtatious nun – without getting ‘slut shamed’. Wouldn’t that be amazing? Well there is a night just like that, and it happens to be one of my favorite moments of the year: Halloween.
Welcome to the Signature collection
Welcome to the Signature collection, a showcase of the uniquely seductive work of Dutch lingerie designer Marlies Dekkers.