The prime of Miss Jean Muir

IF JEAN MUIR had not existed, it would have been necessary for Muriel Spark to invent her. And perhaps she did. For, like her namesake Jean Brodie, the illustrious designer and doyenne of British fashion did not suffer fools gladly, if at all. Her perfectionist standards, ceaseless energy and relentless application certainly made her as formidable a role model for the fashion world as the Edinburgh schoolmistress was for her pupils.


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