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IllaMuse – Amy Winehouse

This month we start a new series on the Illamasqua Blog called IllaMuse. Illamuse is a focus on famous muses who resonate with our rebellious Illamasqua values. This Saturday, 23rd July marks 5 years since the feisty and fiercely talented Amy Winehouse passed away. Amy is the perfect choice to open our series. She was a unique character. Creative, expressive and vulnerable.

‘I write songs about stuff that I can’t really get past personally – and then I write a song about it and I feel better.’

 Growing up on jazz, Amy’s music was cross-culture and cross-genre. She was experimental; fusing jazz, soul, pop, reggae & RnB into her records while channelling her vulnerability and experiences into her performances.

A documentary, ‘AMY’, released in 2015, explored never before seen footage of Amy, her career and her life.

Amy Winehouse

Her style was coquettish, inspired by the 50’s & 60’s but intrinsically distinctive and unique. Her signature beehive became inspiration for fashion designers, including Karl Lagerfeld in 2007.

“She is a beautiful, gifted artist“, Lagerfeld said. “And I very much like her hairdo. I took it as an inspiration. Because, in fact, it was also Brigitte Bardot’s hairdo in the late fifties and sixties. And now Amy has made it her own style. For me, it was a double clin d’oeil. It is Brigitte Bardot and Amy Winehouse.” 

Her post ‘Frank’ fashion, coupled with copious tattoos of the feminine form and her exaggerated winged eyeliner became her trademark style, globally recognisable and unapologetically Amy.

‘I was 15 when I got my first tattoo. My parents pretty much realized that I would do whatever I wanted, and that was it, really.’

As a British brand with creativity at our roots and self-expression in our hearts, Illamasqua’s mission is to inspire you to take pride in everything you are and all you aspire to become.

This month we start a new series on the Illamasqua Blog called IllaMuse. Illamuse is a focus on famous muses who resonate with our rebellious Illamasqua values.

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Nadine Bourne

Nadine Bourne

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