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Jean Muir

British, 1928-1995

With simple, classic designs, Jean Muir (1928–95) became known as the doyenne of British fashion, counting such luminaries as Princess Alexandra, Glenda Jackson and Lauren Bacall as clients. Similar to Diane von Furstenberg and her signature wrap dresses, Muir was most famous for the matte jersey dresses she initially designed for herself. Born in London, she got her fashion start at the age of 11 when she began designing her own clothes. Muir’s popular vintage dresses boast small shoulders, a slightly raised waist and a sheath-like skirt, perfect for someone with a petite frame like her own. In fact, Muir tried on every dress before it went into production.

The Jean Muir look — pared down, elegant and timeless — earned the designer an over 40-year-long career, which started in the stockroom at London’s famous Liberty luxury department store. Shortly after her stint in sorting inventory, she became a sketcher in the store’s made-to-measure department. After working as a designer for Jaeger, she was hired by dress manufacturer David Barnes in 1962. There, her jersey designs were so popular she was given her own label: Jane & Jane. She soon caught the attention of a buyer who brought her to Henri Bendel, where her career soared. Just four years after joining Jane & Jane, she started Jean Muir Ltd. with her husband, Harry Leuckert, a German actor.

During her long career, Muir never strayed from her signature long, fluid lines and feminine silhouettes that were especially flattering when the wearer moved. The jersey gave the dresses an architectural appearance and a flexibility in the designs as, unlike silk, the material doesn’t have to be hand-sewn or lined, nor do the edges need to be lined up and bound together to appear neat. She was particularly drawn to the simplicity of navy and black fabric, with topstitching giving even the most minimal styles some flair. Although jersey dominated her looks, she also worked with her team of expert craftspeople to punch patterns in suede, create draped textures with leather, tailor wool crepe, paint patterns on cashmere and stitch dramatic layers of tiered silk.

After her death, Muir’s team continued creating her beloved dresses for another 12 years, carrying on her legacy. In 2007, the label closed, although the vintage dresses are enduringly popular with those seeking refinement and elegance in modern designs.

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Vintage 1970's Jean Muir Beaded Sequin Navy Jersey Capelet Plunge Dress w/Tags
By Jean Muir
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
A gorgeous 1977 Jean Muir designer silk-jersey dress with original deadstock $2895 price tags still attached. The self-taught Muir made her name in the 1960's, creating a reputation ...
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1970s Jean Muir

Jean Muir Cut out Maxi Dress with Back Draping 1970s
By Jean Muir
Located in Water Mill, NY
A fabulous full length dress gown from Jean Muir in black silk jersey. This dress has lots of detail- cutouts at the shoulders, cut outs at the upper and mid back with shoulder drap...
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1970s Jean Muir

Jean Muir Black Wool Jacket with Micro Pleated Collar & Soutache Sleeves M
By Jean Muir
Located in Port Saint Lucie, FL
Authentic, preowned, vintage Jean Muir black wool jacket. Romantic! Features a micro-pleated collar and hem with Soutache detailing on the sheer sleeves. No size tag, but we're estim...
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1970s Jean Muir

Vintage Jean Muir Black Tunic Dress
By Jean Muir
Located in London, GB
A chic vintage tunic dress by Jean Muir. The black dress has a stand up collar with stitch detail, a button opening at the front, single button on the cuffs, and pleats on the front...
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1970s Jean Muir

Jean Muir Vintage Crepe Robe
By Jean Muir
Located in London, GB
Jean Muir robe is made from crepe and cut in a kimono-inspired silhouette that hangs loosely off your shoulders.   Red crepe. Slips on. 100% Viscose. Size: UK 10 (US 6, FR 38, IT 42...
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21st Century and Contemporary Jean Muir

Jean Muir Vintage Wrap Wool Crepe Robe
By Jean Muir
Located in London, GB
Jean Muir robe is made from wool-crepe and cut in a kimono-inspired silhouette with tie to wrap around the waist and the robe hangs loosely off your shoulders.   Blue wool-crepe. Tie...
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21st Century and Contemporary Jean Muir

Vintage Jean Muir Turquoise Silk Jacket
By Jean Muir
Located in London, GB
A stunning jacket by British designer Jean Muir .In an stunning turquoise colour with dark blue lining, this jacket will brighten up any outfit. The jacket has a round collar, with a...
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1990s Jean Muir

Jean Muir Silk Jersey Dress with Sequins 1980s
By Jean Muir
Located in Water Mill, NY
A beautiful rich black silk jersey dress from Jean Muir highlighted with waves of bright red sequins around the neck and cuffs. It has crew neckline, padded shoulders and slight do...
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1980s Jean Muir

Vintage Jean Muir Cashmere Jumper
By Jean Muir
Located in London, GB
A chic and cosy vintage cashmere jumper by Jean Muir. The jumper is in a pretty soft apricot colour , with elbow length sleaves. Measurements: Bust 34'', length 24''
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1970s Jean Muir

Jean Muir Metallic Green Lace Cocktail Dress, 1960s
By Jean Muir
Located in Boca Raton, FL
Jean Muir’s many years in various roles in the fashion industry allowed her to design with a keen eye. Her dresses were intended to be flattering but never overpowering. For Muir, th...
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1960s Jean Muir

Jean Muir Purple Peplum Leather Jacket, 1980s
By Jean Muir
Located in Boca Raton, FL
Launching her own line in the late 1960s, Jean Muir designed clean and practical styles that were in no way over-the-top. Her artistic restraint popularized her among the refined mas...
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1980s Jean Muir

1970's Jean Muir for Henri Bendel Limited Edition Black Wool Crepe Tunic Top
By Jean Muir
Located in New Hope, PA
Jean Muir designed this Limited Edition black wool crepe tunic for Henri Bendel New York City in the 1970's. It slips on over your head with a pointed collar, five faceted black jet ...
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1970s Jean Muir

Vintage Jean Muir Suede Skirt
By Jean Muir
Located in London, GB
A pretty vintage suede skirt by Jean Muir , Studio line. The skirt is unlined with a side zip opening.
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1980s Jean Muir

Jean Muir Jacket with Passementerie Sleeve Detail
By Jean Muir
Located in New York, NY
Jean Muir, black wool, jacket having a notched collar, large patch pockets, no closures and passementerie detail on the sleeves.
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1980s Jean Muir

1970s Jean Muir Belted Skirt Suit
By Jean Muir
Located in Water Mill, NY
A great burgundy colored wool skirt suit by Jean Muir. The jacket has long sleeves with folded back cuffs, tucks at the tops of the shoulders with slight padding and a shirt collar....
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1970s Jean Muir

70s Jean Muir Black Suede Jacket with Perforated Collar Lucite Buttons Sz 8
By Jean Muir
Located in Port Saint Lucie, FL
This incredibly supple black suede jacket was designed by Jean Muir in the late 1970s. It fastens with Lucite barrel buttons and features a perforated collar. Fully lined in silk a...
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1970s Jean Muir

1980s Jean Muir Royal Blue Jersey Dress With Ruffle Trim
By Jean Muir
Located in London, GB
This vibrant 1980s Royal blue jersey dress is by iconic British designer Jean Muir and is in pristine vintage condition with some lovely design features. The dress is long sleeved wi...
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1970s Jean Muir

Early 1980s Jean Muir Black Rayon Jersey Cape Gown
By Jean Muir
Located in Toronto, Ontario
Early 1980s Jean Muir black rayon jersey gown. Features a demi cape back with long flowing sleeves. Smocking detail at yoke & tie at waist. Pockets. Very bohemian chic. Excellent vin...
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1980s Jean Muir

Vintage Jean Muir Boucle Jacket
By Jean Muir
Located in London, GB
A great jacket for Fall by Jean Myuir, main line. The jacket is in a pretty mix of colours, grey, peach and ivory. It has a cut away collar, is fully lined and has two front pockets.
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1980s Jean Muir

Vintage Jean Muir Silk Skirt Suit
By Jean Muir
Located in London, GB
A pretty silk skirt suit by Jean Muir mainline. The skirt has an elastic waistband and wrap over front. The jacket has on silk covered button fastening and 6'' slits on either side....
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1980s Jean Muir

Vintage Jean Muir Wool and Snakeskin Dress
By Jean Muir
Located in London, GB
A 1970s by Jean Muir green wool and snakeskin dress. The dress has covered buttons on the shoulder , a back central zip and flared skirt.
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1970s Jean Muir

Important Vintage Jean Muir Color Block Peasant Maxi Dress
By Jean Muir
Located in Chicago, IL
Truly, a piece of fashion history! This vintage Jean Muir dress is everything! Chic silk covered bustier buttons up the bodice, with a gorgeous raspberry color. Long sleeves, with fo...
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1970s Jean Muir

Jean Muir Silk Polka Dot Dress
By Jean Muir
Located in London, GB
A cute dress by Jean Muir, made for Harrods, London. The dress is made of sik and has an ivory background with brown polka dots. It has short angel like sleeves, a button through fro...
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1970s Jean Muir

Jean Muir Navy Blue Skirt and Top
By Jean Muir
Located in London, GB
A chic and esy to wear navy outfit by Jean Muir. The top fastens with one button and has a large keyhole opening. The skirt has pleast from below the waistband. Top: Bust 33, length ...
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1970s Jean Muir

Jean Muir Studio Black Faux Persian Lamb Jacket, Circa: 1980's
By Jean Muir
Located in Cincinnati, OH
Jean Muir Studio black faux persian lamb jacket with frog style closure. No Size Label Bust: 38, Waist: 33, Shoulder: 16, Sleeve: 21.5, Length: 25
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1980s Jean Muir

Jean Muir Black Jersey Dress with Plunging Neckline & Asymmetric Hem
By Jean Muir
Located in Port Saint Lucie, FL
This understated yet stunning long dress features all of the signature design elements of classic Jean Muir: flowing jersey fabric, tons of movement and figure-flattering constructio...
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1980s Jean Muir

Vintage Jean Muir Printed Day Dress
By Jean Muir
Located in London, GB
An elegant and easy to wear dress by British designer Jean Muir. The dress is made of cotton with a wonderful pink and purple print, and the buttons are hand painted.The dress is fit...
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1980s Jean Muir

Vintage 1980s Jean Muir Blue Jumper
By Jean Muir
Located in London, GB
A great casual jumper for the last days of Summer. In an easy to wear heavy weight cotton, this jumper has all the style and quality you would expect from Jean Muir. The jumper is a...
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1980s Jean Muir

Vintage Jean Muir Wool Coat
By Jean Muir
Located in London, GB
A great dress for Fall from Jean Muir. The coat is in a wool mix in pretty shades of violet , green and ivory . It is fully lined and has a one button fastening , two pocket and a ...
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1990s Jean Muir

Vintage Jean Muir Little Black Dress
By Jean Muir
Located in London, GB
A simply stunning little black dress from Jean Muir ( main line). The dress has a scoop neckline with frill trim , and elbow length sleaves with frill trim. It is in a black wool cr...
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1970s Jean Muir

1980s Jean Muir White Snake Print Skirt Suit Set
By Jean Muir
Located in San Francisco, CA
1980s Jean Muir White Snake Print Skirt Suit Set. Double breasted blazer jacket, frosted acrylic geometric buttons. Padded shoulders, wide lapels.
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1980s Jean Muir

Jean Muir Navy Suede Pierced Jacket
By Jean Muir
Located in Riverdale, NY
Suede jacket by Jean Muir of London,known for her pierced leathers and easy draped jersey dresses. Deep navy suede with no closures, patch pockets and pierced quatrefoil designs thro...
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1970s Jean Muir

Jean Muir Maxi Dress
By Jean Muir
Located in Geneva, CH
Typical of Jean Muir, this 70’s vivid emerald jersey dress features thirty-two matching fabric covered buttons fastening to the front ! The subtle hourglass silhouette enhances the w...
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1970s Jean Muir

Vintage Jean Muir black wool crepe dolman sleeve dress 1980s
By Jean Muir
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Vintage Jean Muir black wool crepe dolman sleeve dress 1980s...Pull on dress with padded shoulders, working buttons at each shoulder top...Dolman sleeves with wide cuffs that can be ...
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1980s Jean Muir

JEAN MUIR Vintage 1970s Raspberry + Black Textured Cotton Long Sleeve Maxi Dress
By Jean Muir
Located in Chicago, IL
Beautiful and flattering vintage 70s JEAN MUIR long sleeve soft cotton textured empire waist maxi dress! Lightweight embroidered cotton, with a black bodice, and raspberry sleeves, h...
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1970s Jean Muir

1970's Jean Muir Navy Rayon Jersey Maxi Dress
By Jean Muir
Located in Toronto, Ontario
Jean Muir navy rayon jersey long sleeve maxi dress from the 1970’s. Round neckline buttons down the front with a pin tucked bib detail. The banded waist gives the dress definition an...
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1970s Jean Muir

JEAN MUIR Red Wool Jacket Size 6
By Jean Muir
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This Jean Muir coat is composed of vibrant red wool. Features large front pockets and an open style design. In excellent condition. Made in England. **Please cross-reference me...
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20th Century Jean Muir

1970's Jean Muir Navy Blue Long Sleeve Gown
By Jean Muir
Located in Toronto, Ontario
1970's navy blue, long sleeve polyester jersey gown with a yoke and hand smocking through the shoulders and bust. Cuffs have two fabric covered buttons and the sleeves are over sized...
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1970s Jean Muir

Jean Muir Dress Documented 1971 Rare
By Jean Muir
Located in Boca Raton, FL
This Dress just takes my breath away! It is one of my favorites from Jean Muir. The fabric with a moire effect has incredible drape, that just flows and moves with your body. Empir...
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1970s Jean Muir