Muses

Jane Birkin (1946)

The British actress springs within the 1960s Swinging London scene where she models and appears in a few films such as The Knack and How To Get it, in 1964 and Michelangelo Antonioni's Blow -Up, in 1966. In 1968, she moves to France and meets Serge Gainsbourg on the set of Slogan. In 1969, they release the duet, 'Je t'aime...Moi non plus' he had originally written for Brigitte Bardot: the sexually explicit song provokes a scandal and, from then, the two become an emblematic and controversial couple of the 1970s. The actress appears in several French films, sharing her time between dramas such as La Piscine, in 1969 and popular comedies such as La Moutarde me Monte au Nez, in 1974. With her partner as a mentor, Jane Birkin also becomes a popular singer and remains, today, an ambassador of Gainsbourg's songs. A fashion muse with her simple and feminine outfits in the 1970s, Jane Birkin has also given her name to an iconic Hermès handbag that perfectly suits the woman who once declared: 'My mother was right: when you've got nothing left, all you can do is get into silk underwear and start reading Proust.' Today, Birkin can't be dissociated from her famous and iconic daughters, who she forms a tribe with: late Kate Barry, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Lou Doillon.

Portrait of Jane Birkin by David Bailey, 1969
Portrait of Jane Birkin by David Bailey, 1969
Portrait of Jane Birkin and John Barry by David Bailey, 1965
Portrait of Jane Birkin and John Barry by David Bailey, 1965
Portrait of Jane Birkin by Guy Bourdin, 1969
Portrait of Jane Birkin by Guy Bourdin, 1969
Portrait of Jane Birkin by David Bailey, 1972
Portrait of Jane Birkin by David Bailey, 1972
Portrait of Jane Birkin for Vogue UK by David Bailey, 1965
Portrait of Jane Birkin for Vogue UK by David Bailey, 1965
Portrait of Jane Birkin by Patrick Lichfield, 1969
Portrait of Jane Birkin by Patrick Lichfield, 1969
Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin on the beach, 1960's
Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin on the beach, 1960's
Jane Birkin, Cannes, 1975
Jane Birkin, Cannes, 1975
Jane Birkin, Saint-Germain des Prés, 1970's
Jane Birkin, Saint-Germain des Prés, 1970's
Portrait of Jane Birkin wearing a knitted mini-dress photo by S.E Orchard, 1968
Portrait of Jane Birkin wearing a knitted mini-dress photo by S.E Orchard, 1968
Portrait of Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin by Reg Lancaster, Paris, 1969
Portrait of Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin by Reg Lancaster, Paris, 1969
Portrait of Jane Birkin, 1960's
Portrait of Jane Birkin, 1960's
Portrait of Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin by Bert Stern for Vogue US, Paris, 1970
Portrait of Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin by Bert Stern for Vogue US, Paris, 1970
Portrait of Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin by Bert Stern for Vogue US, Paris, 1970
Portrait of Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin by Bert Stern for Vogue US, Paris, 1970
Portrait of Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin by Bert Stern for Vogue US, Paris, 1970
Portrait of Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin by Bert Stern for Vogue US, Paris, 1970
Portrait of Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin by Bert Stern for Vogue US, Paris, 1970
Portrait of Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin by Bert Stern for Vogue US, Paris, 1970
Portrait of Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin, 1969
Portrait of Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin, 1969
Portrait of Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin by Jean d'Hugues, 1969
Portrait of Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin by Jean d'Hugues, 1969
Portrait of Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin by Bert Stern for Vogue US, Paris, 1970
Portrait of Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin by Bert Stern for Vogue US, Paris, 1970
Portrait of Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin by Jeanloup Sieff, Paris, 1970
Portrait of Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin by Jeanloup Sieff, Paris, 1970
Portrait of Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin by Reg Lancaster, Paris, 1969
Portrait of Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin by Reg Lancaster, Paris, 1969
Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin by Benjamin Auger, Paris, 1971
Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin by Benjamin Auger, Paris, 1971
Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin by Benjamin Auger, Paris, 1971
Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin by Benjamin Auger, Paris, 1971
Portrait of  Jane Birkin by Benjamin Auger, Paris, 1990's
Portrait of Jane Birkin by Benjamin Auger, Paris, 1990's
Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin by Benjamin Auger, Paris, 1971
Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin by Benjamin Auger, Paris, 1971
Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin by Benjamin Auger, Paris, 1971
Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin by Benjamin Auger, Paris, 1971
Portrait of  Jane Birkin by Benjamin Auger, Paris, 1971
Portrait of Jane Birkin by Benjamin Auger, Paris, 1971
Portrait of  Jane Birkin by Benjamin Auger, Paris, 1971
Portrait of Jane Birkin by Benjamin Auger, Paris, 1971
Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin by Benjamin Auger, Paris, 1971
Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin by Benjamin Auger, Paris, 1971
Portrait of Jane Birkin by S.E Orchard, 1968
Portrait of Jane Birkin by S.E Orchard, 1968
Portrait of Jane Birkin by Jeanloup Sieff, Paris, 1968
Portrait of Jane Birkin by Jeanloup Sieff, Paris, 1968
Portrait of Jane Birkin by Eric Swayne, 1965
Portrait of Jane Birkin by Eric Swayne, 1965
Portrait of Jane Birkin by Jeanloup Sieff, Paris, 1960's
Portrait of Jane Birkin by Jeanloup Sieff, Paris, 1960's
Portrait of Jane Birkin by Giancarlo Botti, Paris, 1970
Portrait of Jane Birkin by Giancarlo Botti, Paris, 1970
Portrait of Jane Birkin by Giancarlo Botti, Paris, 1970
Portrait of Jane Birkin by Giancarlo Botti, Paris, 1970
Portrait of Jane Birkin, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Kate Barry by Giancarlo Botti, Paris, 1977
Portrait of Jane Birkin, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Kate Barry by Giancarlo Botti, Paris, 1977
Portrait of Jane Birkin, Serge Gainsbourg and Kate Barry by Giancarlo Botti, Paris, 1969
Portrait of Jane Birkin, Serge Gainsbourg and Kate Barry by Giancarlo Botti, Paris, 1969
Portrait of Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg by Giancarlo Botti, Paris, 1969
Portrait of Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg by Giancarlo Botti, Paris, 1969
Portrait of Jane Birkin by Patrick Lichfield, 1969
Portrait of Jane Birkin by Patrick Lichfield, 1969
Portrait of Jane Birkin for Vogue by Patrick Lichfield, 1971
Portrait of Jane Birkin for Vogue by Patrick Lichfield, 1971
Portrait of Jane Birkin for Vogue by Patrick Lichfield, 1971
Portrait of Jane Birkin for Vogue by Patrick Lichfield, 1971
Portrait of Jane Birkin, 1960's
Portrait of Jane Birkin, 1960's
Portrait of Jane Birkin by Guy Bourdin, 1969
Portrait of Jane Birkin by Guy Bourdin, 1969
Portrait of Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg by Guy Bourdin, 1970
Portrait of Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg by Guy Bourdin, 1970
Portrait of Jane Birkin, Serge Gainsbourg and Kate Barry by Roger Picard, Paris, 1969
Portrait of Jane Birkin, Serge Gainsbourg and Kate Barry by Roger Picard, Paris, 1969
Portrait of Jane Birkin by Roger Picard, Paris, 1969
Portrait of Jane Birkin by Roger Picard, Paris, 1969
Jane Birkin in The knack … and how to get it directed by Richard Lester, 1965
Jane Birkin in The knack … and how to get it directed by Richard Lester, 1965
David Hemmings and Jane Birkin in Blow-up directed by Michelangelo Antonioni, 1966
David Hemmings and Jane Birkin in Blow-up directed by Michelangelo Antonioni, 1966
David Hemmings and Jane Birkin in Blow-up directed by Michelangelo Antonioni, 1966
David Hemmings and Jane Birkin in Blow-up directed by Michelangelo Antonioni, 1966
Jane Birkin in Blow-updirected by Michelangelo Antonioni, 1966
Jane Birkin in Blow-updirected by Michelangelo Antonioni, 1966
Jane Birkin and Gillian Hills in Blow-up directed by Michelangelo Antonioni, 1966
Jane Birkin and Gillian Hills in Blow-up directed by Michelangelo Antonioni, 1966
Jack MacGowran and Jane Birkin in Wonderwall directed by Joe Massot, 1968
Jack MacGowran and Jane Birkin in Wonderwall directed by Joe Massot, 1968
Jane Birkin in Wonderwall directed by Joe Massot, 1968
Jane Birkin in Wonderwall directed by Joe Massot, 1968
Jane Birkin in Wonderwall directed by Joe Massot, 1968
Jane Birkin in Wonderwall directed by Joe Massot, 1968
Jane Birkin in Wonderwall directed by Joe Massot, 1968
Jane Birkin in Wonderwall directed by Joe Massot, 1968
Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin in Slogan directed by Pierre Grimblat, 1969
Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin in Slogan directed by Pierre Grimblat, 1969
Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin in Slogan directed by Pierre Grimblat, 1969
Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin in Slogan directed by Pierre Grimblat, 1969
Jane Birkin and Alain Delon in La Piscine directed by Jacques Deray, 1969
Jane Birkin and Alain Delon in La Piscine directed by Jacques Deray, 1969
Jane Birkin and Alain Delon in La Piscine directed by Jacques Deray, 1969
Jane Birkin and Alain Delon in La Piscine directed by Jacques Deray, 1969
Jane Birkin in La Piscine directed by Jacques Deray, 1969
Jane Birkin in La Piscine directed by Jacques Deray, 1969
Jane Birkin in La Piscine directed by Jacques Deray, 1969
Jane Birkin in La Piscine directed by Jacques Deray, 1969
Jane Birkin and Alain Delon in La Piscine directed by Jacques Deray, 1969
Jane Birkin and Alain Delon in La Piscine directed by Jacques Deray, 1969
Jane Birkin and Alain Delon in La Piscine directed by Jacques Deray, 1969
Jane Birkin and Alain Delon in La Piscine directed by Jacques Deray, 1969
Alain Delon, Romy Schneider, Maurice Ronet and Jane Birkin in La Piscine directed by Jacques Deray, 1969
Alain Delon, Romy Schneider, Maurice Ronet and Jane Birkin in La Piscine directed by Jacques Deray, 1969
Jane Birkin, Alain Delon, Romy Schneider at the premiere of La Piscine directed by Jacques Deray, 1969
Jane Birkin, Alain Delon, Romy Schneider at the premiere of La Piscine directed by Jacques Deray, 1969
Romy Schneider and Jane Birkin on the set of  La Piscine directed by Jacques Deray, 1969
Romy Schneider and Jane Birkin on the set of La Piscine directed by Jacques Deray, 1969
Jane Birkin, Director Jacques Deray and  Romy Schneider on the set of La Piscine directed by Jacques Deray, 1969
Jane Birkin, Director Jacques Deray and Romy Schneider on the set of La Piscine directed by Jacques Deray, 1969
Renaud Verley and Jane Birkin in Les chemins de Katmandou directed by André Cayatte, 1969
Renaud Verley and Jane Birkin in Les chemins de Katmandou directed by André Cayatte, 1969
Renaud Verley and Jane Birkin in Les chemins de Katmandou directed by André Cayatte, 1969
Renaud Verley and Jane Birkin in Les chemins de Katmandou directed by André Cayatte, 1969
Alain Noury and Jane Birkin on the set of Sex Power directed by Henry Chapier, 1970. Photo by Daniel Angeli
Alain Noury and Jane Birkin on the set of Sex Power directed by Henry Chapier, 1970. Photo by Daniel Angeli
Alain Noury and Jane Birkin on the set of Sex Power directed by Henry Chapier, 1970. Photo by Daniel Angeli
Alain Noury and Jane Birkin on the set of Sex Power directed by Henry Chapier, 1970. Photo by Daniel Angeli
Alain Noury and Jane Birkin on the set of Sex Power directed by Henry Chapier, 1970. Photo by Daniel Angeli
Alain Noury and Jane Birkin on the set of Sex Power directed by Henry Chapier, 1970. Photo by Daniel Angeli
Renaud Verley and Jane Birkin in Les chemins de Katmandou directed by André Cayatte, 1969
Renaud Verley and Jane Birkin in Les chemins de Katmandou directed by André Cayatte, 1969
Yul Brynner, Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin in Romance of a Horsethief directed by Abraham Polonsky, 1971
Yul Brynner, Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin in Romance of a Horsethief directed by Abraham Polonsky, 1971
Jane Birkin in Romance of a Horsethief directed by Abraham Polonsky, 1971
Jane Birkin in Romance of a Horsethief directed by Abraham Polonsky, 1971
Jane Birkin, Bernadette Lafont, Elizabeth Wierner, Emma Cohen and Daniel Ceccaldi in Trop jolies pour être honnêtes directed by Richard Balducci, 1972
Jane Birkin, Bernadette Lafont, Elizabeth Wierner, Emma Cohen and Daniel Ceccaldi in Trop jolies pour être honnêtes directed by Richard Balducci, 1972
Brigitte Bardot and Jane Birkin in Don Juan 73 ou si Don Juan était une femme directed by Roger Vadim, 1973. Photo by Leonard de Raemy
Brigitte Bardot and Jane Birkin in Don Juan 73 ou si Don Juan était une femme directed by Roger Vadim, 1973. Photo by Leonard de Raemy
Brigitte Bardot and Jane Birkin in Don Juan 73 ou si Don Juan était une femme directed by Roger Vadim, 1973. Photo by Leonard de Raemy
Brigitte Bardot and Jane Birkin in Don Juan 73 ou si Don Juan était une femme directed by Roger Vadim, 1973. Photo by Leonard de Raemy
Jean Louis Trintignant and Jane Birkin in Le mouton enragé directed by Michel Deville, 1974
Jean Louis Trintignant and Jane Birkin in Le mouton enragé directed by Michel Deville, 1974
Jean Louis Trintignant and Jane Birkin in Le mouton enragé directed by Michel Deville, 1974
Jean Louis Trintignant and Jane Birkin in Le mouton enragé directed by Michel Deville, 1974
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