Hermès Muse Jane Birkin Passed Away

Portrait of Jane Birkin, taken in the Sixties.

Hermès Muse Jane Birkin Passed Away

Hermès muse Jane Birkin, known for her iconic style, has sadly passed away, leaving behind a lasting fashion legacy.

Jane Birkin, the iconic Anglo-French musician and actress passed away at the age of 76, on 16 July 2023. Confirmed by the French culture ministry. Her legacy lives on through her daughters, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Lou Doillon, both of whom also continue to make their mark in the entertainment industry.

Born on December 14, 1946, in London, Jane Birkin’s journey to stardom began in the late 1960s. When she ventured to France to pursue a career in film. It was there that she met Serge Gainsbourg, her former husband and lifelong collaborator, who played a significant role in shaping her artistic path. Then Birkin gained notoriety for her memorable appearances in Michelangelo Antonioni’s acclaimed 1966 film “Blow-Up”. Where she fearlessly bared all, and for her daring duet with Gainsbourg on the provocative 1969 track “Je t’aime… moi non plus.”

And this song became a symbol of freedom and sexual liberation, further solidifying her status as an influential figure.

The Birth of the Birkin.

A photo of Jane Birkin and The First Birkin Bag (PhotoCredits: Mike Daines/ Shutterstock)
A photo of Jane Birkin and The First Birkin Bag (PhotoCredits: Mike Daines/ Shutterstock)

The Birkin came to life from one of Jane Birkin’s fortuitous encounters and unexpected turns. In 1984, while on a flight, she encountered a mishap when the plastic bag containing her belongings broke.

Expressing her frustration about the lack of a suitable bag to hold her possessions, she happened to be seated next to Jean-Louis Dumas, the chairman and head designer of Hermès. Inspired by her remark, Hermès launched the Birkin bag line later that year, fulfilling her desire for a spacious and stylish accessory.

French President Emmanuel Macron of France expressed his condolences on Twitter, referring to Birkin as a “French icon.” The exact cause of her passing remains unknown, although reports indicate that she was found deceased at her residence.

While Jane Birkin leaves behind a lasting legacy as a style icon and trailblazer in the world of fashion and entertainment, her unique contributions and indelible impact on popular culture will continue to inspire future generations. As we bid farewell to this remarkable artist, we celebrate her enduring influence and the legacy she leaves behind.

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