The Modern Muses – Exclusive MDC Preview

Posted by stephan | February 20th, 2011
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Muse Magazine hits the stands with a special Luigi Murenu curated issue featuring a stunning mix of model stars ranging from the iconic (think Carolyn Murphy, Gisele, Rie, Bridget and Karen) to the ultra-current (the compelling Saskia) shot by Daniele Duella and Iango Henzi. Both sculptural and sensual this new Muse is a serious collector’s item. Scroll below for an exclusive models.com preview of all 8 collectors’ covers, a sneak peek into the editorials and a word from the man himself at the end of this post.

Photos by Daniele + Iango, courtesy of Muse Magazine for models.com

“We made this portfolio with the same sparkle of an authentic homemade
project. A pure, unpretentious project that turned into a little work of art with
my signature. I think those are truly honest photos. Mainly portraits of women
I have known for a long time and whose hair I have styled thousands times.
We have worked a lot on this project and I have been able to put my experience
at stake. That was rock’n’roll, women were coming to stay only a couple of
hours, like at the doctor’s office. Instantly, they were gorgeous. With Gisele we
had just 20 minutes. I mean, you couldn’t even change your mind, so we didn’t
search originality at all costs, it’s been all so natural and with no expectations.
We just wanted to have fun, it was a special atmosphere, with music turned on
all time.

I think today’s fashion is afraid to take risks and in this project we wanted to
be totally free and anarchic, I would say more freestyle. Today’s fashion is a
Hell’s circus, a creativity jungle – which I like – and keeps me in a challenge.
Poet Edgar Lee Masters wrote: “And catch the winds of destiny wherever they
drive the boat”. You must not be afraid of daring, you must get on with it and
even go wrong. Sometimes I failed, but what matters is that I did it. If I am
who I am today is because I haven’t done what my family wanted me to do.
Well no, I have done the opposite instead. They wanted me to be an engineer.
While shooting these pictures I was not interested in the trend of the moment,
I wanted to create a long-lasting something, devoted to all the women who
inspire me and embody my style. I held a casting with very different charming
women, each one in her own right. The women I think of are many more, but
time is not unlimited. For sure, this is not a hair story, I even limited myself
with hair in respect of the individuality of every model, I wanted to make them
beautiful according to their own personality. I am very much into women’s
attitude: that is what I usually call my muses’ attitude.

I wanted to blend bad taste with good taste. As Marlene Dietrich said, as long
as it’s not kitsch is fine. I think that a certain amount of bad taste makes things
brilliant. A perfect woman with a clashing element is very fascinating to me.
We are never attracted by perfection, we find it banal, in the end.
My sources of inspiration have always been fashion, music, street style, cinema
and art. I have always had strong references to music. Madonna, for instance,
has always inspired me. She’s a beautiful woman with a boundless talent.
Nevertheless, I am not a psycho-fan, I’ve never had a poster in my bedroom.
I’m dazzled by the relationship between two individuals, and I love people
for what they are. The qualities I most appreciate in a person are clearness,
generosity, honesty, and creativity. If we have it, it’s a good start. Moreover,
I think that it is always a matter of elective affinities, as in this project.”

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60 Comments

  1. The Boy from Newcastle says:

    By far the best MUSE magazine to come out so far. :)

    http://www.boyfromnewy.blogspot.com/

  2. Michael says:

    OMG!…..The covers and images are STUNNING. So beautiful and iconic. I must have them all.

  3. PeterModelObsessed says:

    Wow Brilliant!!!

    These are really late ’90s early 2000 muses.

    Modern Muses would be Daria, Raquel, Natasha P, Lara Stone and Freja Beja.

    But the photography is clean and Topnotch!

    I love it.

  4. Beauty Is Diverse says:

    Giselle is a bad bish love it..

  5. TeeVanity says:

    UTTER PERFECTION!

  6. sn-future says:

    wow! amazing works!
    I love them.

  7. phi says:

    I really do not get why jamie is on the cover. I would much prefer Daria, Natlia, or Maria Carla

  8. Xanax says:

    Words can’t express how beautiful these photographs are. STUNNING!

  9. FASHIONOGRAPHY says:

    OMG!

    I saw Guinevere’s cover and thought, “bold!” Then I saw Malgosia’s… and Natasha’s… and…

    WOW!

  10. Vic says:

    God….

    Just beautiful…

  11. Hollywood Sentinel says:

    wow wow wow! Stunningly great images, great photography, and amazingly incredible women here- truly great work and super sexy with class and style

  12. Joe says:

    These are beautiful

  13. Mixer says:

    wow these are stunning! A muse is a muse. I don’t think age or era should define what a muse is. In fact declaring new muses for every modeling era is far fetched (and im quite sick of that). I am happy with these choices. They have been around and proven themselves to be muses/icons, not just “it” girls. STUNNINGGGG

  14. fashiondoll says:

    one word..TACKY!!!!!! SO tasteless and to be honest i have see this too many times..yack…..!

  15. KimFlorida says:

    So happy to see Bridget Hall!! And, that close-up photo of Malgosia is exquisite!

  16. Gustavo says:

    JESUS, JESUS, JESUS
    the black and white portrait thing is an overdone concept, but these pics are amazing!

  17. MissNicole says:

    I don’t necessarily agree with all of the models chosen as modern muses, but this really is beautiful.

    fashionfittingroom.blogspot.com

  18. lou says:

    some pictures were cool but I wasn’t inspired.

  19. viccei says:

    Love Guinevere Van Seenus

  20. lola says:

    Stunning covers and photography! I like these choices. The only time I would be bothered by a model being called a muse if it were someone new like Barbara Palvin or something.

  21. nick says:

    Would have been Nice to see Liya or Alek or Jourdan, or Tao, or Lakshmi, liu wen, chanel

  22. trumancapote says:

    i love Luigi work but this s all so boring

  23. Yasmine Petty says:

    all these photos are spectacular!

  24. Nigel S. says:

    Agree or disagree, the cast members are all muses none-the-less. Every top lovely can’t be featured every time.. just bite the bullet.

    I personally don’t go soo bezerk over Gisele but she’s very alive and present in this spread. The supermodel emergeth.

    & My darling Isabeli! Malgosia has the strongest set thus far, for me.
    She is such an incredible model..painfully so. And how’s about that Gucci collection?! Frida is a boss.

    The face of Missy..priceless (how’s about the emergence of Frankie Rayder during the NY shows?? Finally!! I almost lost it).
    I look forward to the images of the others.

    Splendid job!

  25. Hakan says:

    OMG

    this is Amazing.. i LOVE the gisele cover. And guinevere looks stunning!!!

  26. ROBSON says:

    Amazing!!! look gisele,Isabeli… nice pictures, and makeup

  27. Nádia says:

    STUNNING issue!!! Amazing covers!!! Especially love Malgosia’s. So simple, and yet so breathtaking!

    http://myfashioninsider.blogspot.com/

  28. funghsui says:

    Compare with other models , Giesel
    is kind of losing

  29. anonymous says:

    Wish there was more diversity!

  30. sissy says:

    difficult to say which is my preferite one..but…oh..I’d like to say Malgosia!

  31. PeterModelObsessed says:

    I love Missy’s pictures, it’s very optical illusions…. shows how much a simple hair style can change the face proportions or at least the illusion of it.

  32. Garrett says:

    I’ve just died and gone to heaven!! GISELE!!!

  33. mc says:

    Gisele is getting crushed out there. No serieusly this is great, like it more in colour though. Guinevere and Karen are amazing and so is Malgosia.

  34. Chloe says:

    It’s still about white people living the fashion dream. Luigi kinda forgot that Asians and Blacks also wear high fashion. He is not being racist, just his old age problem.

  35. Yoy says:

    Splendid job! OMG, I’m not a fan of Giselle, but I like this job of her, all beautiful, and Isabeli my God is my favorite muse.

  36. PeterModelObsessed says:

    For some reason…. the Title of the Muse fits Karen Elson to a T.

    Gisele and Carolyn Murphy are more like Superstars.

    But Karen Elson has that appeal that inspires designers and photographers for so many years…

    she’s Rare!

    But why is Kate Moss not here? Or Lara Stone?

    Kate and Lara has that Karen Elson mystique but also Superstar status like Gisele.

  37. Marco & Clinton says:

    we love Carolyn Murphy,.she is stunning,and she is always adorable,..love also Missy Ryder portraits and of course Malgosia and Guineviere!!!
    http://www.changeofseasonnyc.com/blog/

  38. belgin says:

    OMG… superstar Gisele….:))))

  39. Skip Gue says:

    Amazing hair and photographs!

  40. PeterModelObsessed says:

    Is Gisele overshadowed here?

    Her portrait is rather forgettable compared to the others…..

    What do you think?

  41. Victor says:

    “Instantly, they were gorgeous. With Gisele we
    had just 20 minutes.” – WOOOWW GISELE Perfect

  42. sissy says:

    Actually I just saw there is even Joan Smalls in the Muses!! stunning!!!!!

  43. pierre garroudi says:

    wow very nice pgotography
    i would love to work with him on my collection
    http://www.pierregarroudi.com

  44. nick says:

    Isabeli’s so beautiful and cute…..That most beautiful woman !!!!

  45. Patricia says:

    Very nice!

  46. lu says:

    I love Gisele but she was shot for the cover of Vogue Nippon Jan 2011 with that same exact black puffy shoulder thing. And its done here again. Not her fault but its kinda like, ok I’ve seen this shot before:./ Still love her and this cover!

  47. Christopher Croser says:

    Hi girls,
    Yer your sexy,
    google Christopher Croser

  48. souleye says:

    there are indeed some good photography here but after ingesting so many pages of fashion photography you wonder how far can they push the envelope. that picture of carolyn is well taken. I kinda recognized her face from the estee lauder campaign. very stylish beauty.

  49. ClaRence says:

    i like Carolyn’s best! something unexpected!
    and she looks great!!!
    Gisele just has to show skin.
    cover her up and she disappears…
    sorry but it’s evident.

  50. francesco casale says:

    MERAVIGLIOSO

  51. Tina Pisano says:

    Fantastico,Gigi,un lavoro bellissimo e raffinato,curato nei minimi particolari!!!! Bravissimi anche Jango e Daniele!!!Che bella miscela di artisti!!!

  52. mary says:

    wow Gisele only shot hers in 20 mins???!!!!! that is why she is THE model. love her or hate her, she gets it DONE. Luigi chose models he has worked on many times. you can complain all you want about your favorite models not being chosen. If they aren’t favorites to the people who really matter (editors,photographers,designers,etc..), they are always going to be over-shadowed by the ones who do. Sad but true fact.

  53. mary says:

    um Isabeli,Carolyn,Natasha,Genvieve and Karen are all showing far more skin than Gisele is, what a funny statement.

  54. Fillipa says:

    I would love to see these amazing models wearing Conchita Perez’s clothes – check them out on http://www.conchitaperez.com -

  55. Fabien Queloz / ElleStudio says:

    Masterpieces, absolute stunning jobs and models, in all possible senses of the terms…
    Congratulations to everybody. Breathless…

  56. April McMillan says:

    THIS IS AMAZING! I love how smooth the tones are, and how fluid the lines are. My favorite kind of B&W…

    GORGEOUS!

  57. Gio Kathleen says:

    Well, very impressive photo speech!

  58. Urbano Moda - Steve Jones says:

    Hey Luigi

    Great insight into your thought process and visions here, and yes it’s great to see risk that others are affraid to take, a good point and well excecuted and presented with such short time you had.

    Not sure about it being unpretentious though, it’s all perfect and a work of your genuis mind but the unpretentious part didn’t convince me.

    Duella, Iango, bravo. Outstanding work alround. Thanks for sharing

  59. Nimesh says:

    Amazing photographer!!!! I want to work with him. I am a web developer but photography is my passion. There are few weapons in my show case from Mamiya 645 to Nikon D2H.

  60. Eyeshadow Lipstick says:

    Amazing work. The skin tones are superb!

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