The muse in Greek mythology were a source of knowledge, goddesses of poetry and literature.
They existed as a trio or prevailed as a group of nine so distinguished by such men as Homer and Hesiod.
The modern muse would be the compliment of the real women who inspires endeavor and creativity
in literature the arts and music.
Within the fashion, music and photography worlds the muse took many different veneration's.
There was the young Alice Liddell for Lewis Carroll, fast forward to Lisa Fonssagrives and Irving Penn, Avedon produced many beautiful photographs with Suzy Parker. Together the trio Christy Turlington, Linda Evangelsita and Naomi Campbell filled many fashion spreads in magazines for photographers and fashion designers.
Fashion designers Tom Ford and Isaac Mizrahi were inspired by Lisa Eisner. Perhaps the best known would be relationship Yves Saint Laurent had with Loulou de la Falaise. Her radiant spirit and collaboration with Saint Laurent is legendary.
Jazz music has had its share of muses as well. The classic covers of Benny Golson, "Along Came Betty', Frank Foster wrote "Simone,and John Coltranes "Naima speak for themselves. The great Thelonious Monk wrote music dedicated to his wife Nellie, "Crepuscule With Nellie and his patron Baroness Pannonica de Koenigewarter. Mile Davis composed for his first wife Frances Taylor.
In the movie Xanadu the muse inspires the creation of a dance hall. Her name could be Terpsichord, the Muse of dance.