Dauphine de Jerphanion, a muse to French designer Thierry Mugler who appeared in some of the most memorable advertising images of the Eighties, has died in Paris after a long illness.
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A striking beauty whose style was once described as a mix between Carole Lombard and Marilyn Monroe, de Jerphanion was a key fixture on the Paris nightlife scene during the heyday of the Palace nightclub in the early Eighties.
She went on to appear in advertising campaigns and fashion shows for Mugler, including his 1984 spectacular at the Zenith, staged in front of an audience of 5,000.
Since 2001, de Jerphanion was head of styling for women, fashion, accessories and beauty at Paris department store Le Bon Marché, where her role was to define trends and coordinate buyers’ selections to reflect the store’s strategy and image.
“Thierry Mugler Fashion is very sad about the [passing] of this amazing woman. She was a blonde angel, the ultimate muse, the Parisian inspiration of the house,” the fashion house said. “Her beauty, intelligence and elegance will stay in our heart forever.”
In a 2004 interview with French magazine Stiletto, de Jerphanion recalled photo shoots in spectacular locations including the Trocadero esplanade in Paris and the Grand Trianon at Versailles.
“I would go into makeup at 4 a.m. One day, I would be Eva Perón, the next, Marlene Dietrich,” she said. “Thierry Mugler was always reading the biographies of stars. He knew every movie. He has always been fascinated by Hollywood. He made me promise to always lie about my age, by at least two years.”
Fittingly, her age at the time of her death was not disclosed. De Jerphanion is survived by her son, Rocco Moroy de Jerphanion. Her funeral will be held Monday at the Notre-Dame d’Auteuil church in the 16th arrondissement of Paris.