Muse of the Moment – Jane Birkin

by Fluffleberry on November 14, 2012

Jane Birkin has long been one of my muses and I am certainly in good company. She is an English actress, singer and humanitarian who has lived and worked in France for many years. A great beauty and a muse to many, the epitome of cool but the best part of all, she doesn’t seem to care. She seems concerned only with her art and her humanitarian causes and seems unattached to material things or indeed her beauty. In fact her beauty rituals over the years have consisted only of splashing her face and breasts with cold water each morning. Inspired by her I have taken up splashing my face in the morning before I set about my motherly duties. It is refreshing and tightening and is my small homage to her; a woman and mother that I aspire to.

She was a rising star in London in the 1960’s. She married the composer John Barry in 1965 and had her first daughter when she was 21. After her marriage ended in 1968 she won a role in a French film, despite the fact she didn’t speak French (I love that, how brave!) staring opposite Serge Gainsbourg who would go on to become her mentor and lover. They had a passionate and creative relationship for 13 years, making films and music together and causing controversy through pushing sexual boundaries in their artistic collaborations. They had a daughter in 1971 called Charlotte Gainsbourg. After their separation in 1980 Birkin went on to marry the film director, Jacques Doillon, with whom she had her third daughter Lou, but they separated shortly after Serge Gainsbourg, thought to be the true love of her life, died in 1991. She has lived alone since.

Then there is the small matter of the Hermes Birkin bag, inspired by Jane on a plane journey. She says “I remember it well. I’d been upgraded by Air France on a flight to London, and was sitting next to a man. I’m not quite sure what type of bag I had with me – my husband, Jacques Doillon, had reversed his car over my basket, crushed it on purpose not two days before. Little did he know that on this airplane journey, when everything fell out of whatever bag I had, the man next to me said: ‘You should have one with pockets’. I said: ‘The day Hermès make one with pockets I will have that’, and he said: ‘But I am Hermès and I will put pockets in for you’.”

Jane Birkin is extremely beautiful and talented and has inspired so many. I love that she bore a child to every man she loved and that she followed her every love and creative whim with courage and abandon. To be wild and free with such humility and grace is truly rare. Unflustered by her cool. Unspoilt by her experience. Unaware of her influence. I love her.

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