While Pamela Courson’s history may be tragic (she was Jim Morrison’s long-term girlfriend, who died of a heroin overdose following the singer’s death), her casual, yet edgy Californian look incorporating rich fabrics, textures, colors and accessories was anything but.
First brought to the modern-day masses via the 1991 film The Doors, Courson’s style has since been channeled everywhere from Paris runways to Beverly Hills. Her fringed boots, avant-garde at the time, have continually resurfaced, as have sparkly silver dresses like the one pictured below, which appears to take inspiration from the silver wrap top that Courson coolly wore over jeans. And then there is her hair: a firey red mane that has been duplicated the fashion world over.
The black velvet dress with white flowers (below) vibes Chanel and is rumored to have been from her shop, Themis. Morrison bought the fashion boutique for her in 1969, and it served mostly as a hang out that held odd hours and odd (in the interesting way) things that she was said to have discovered during her European travels. Like Courson, the items were rare, but her enduring style is less the summation of individual pieces than the way and aura with which she wore them—the defining characteristic of an immortal fashion muse.
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Runway photo Balenciaga Autumn/Winter 2009/10.