By  on September 22, 2009

For his spring collection, London designer Peter Jensen was first inspired by Frances Glessner Lee, heiress and amateur criminologist. Then came Corinne May Botz’s photographs, which documented the crime-scene dioramas Lee created. But the final piece wouldn’t click until Jensen’s stylist handed him a book of artist Laurie Simmons’ work featuring her dollhouse imagery from the Seventies. “Her photographs have a sort of naïve, childish innocence that caught my eye,” he says. “I wanted to transform that into grown-up clothing.”

But Simmons is more than just his muse for spring; she’s also become his collaborator. Jensen dressed a series of paper dolls in miniature versions of his clothes that Simmons then photographed in New York. The results will be unveiled today at the designer’s presentation at London’s Institute of Contemporary Arts. “Every spring-summer season I tend to have an American as the muse — Tina Barney, Jodie Foster, Sissy Spacek,” explains Jensen. “But it’s never been this sort of 50-50 collaboration.”

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