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The Muses

The Muses are a collective designed to empower the aesthetics of femininity in all its forms. We create opportunities for creative souls around the world to meet, collaborate with, and inspire one other. 

Come muse with us on our next adventure.

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Syrie Moskowitz

Syrie Moskowitz is an artist, writer, and director, known for her expertise in historical costumes and ability to bring fairytales to life, both in front of and behind the lens. She has collaborated with world-renowned artists, authors, and photographers, including Ellen von Unwerth, Mark Seligar, Pamela Hanson, David Salle, Amy Arbus, George Holz, Salman Rushdie, David Michalek, and Jenny Morgan. She is the creative director of the New York City-based immersive theatre group, The Lillian Lorraine Collective, for which she has written, directed, and produced numerous performances over the last six years. Her shows have appeared at such venues as Lincoln Center, the Whitney, and the Morgan Library.

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Eden Tijerina

Eden Tijerina is an artist and muse, whose talent for interlacing the real and the imaginary finds its way into her set design, world-building, and film photography. She has released two fine art, print-only publications, including The Stages of Rot, a book of trance-like prose with hand-developed analog photography, dedicated to finding catharsis in the aftermath of her long-time partner’s death. She has filmed and directed music videos on Super 8 for Marissa Nadler, Sarah Klang, Heather Woods Broderick, and Lawrence Rothman. She has also appeared in and done character design for her role in The Smashing Pumpkins music video, "Silvery Sometimes.” Eden’s experience as both seer and seen help her seamlessly blend reflection and action in her visual creations.

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Contributors
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Laren Stover

Laren Stover is a melancholy connoisseur known to frolic with faeries. She is the author of Bohemian Manifesto: A Field Guide to Living on the Edge and The Bombshell Manual of Style. Laren is a fellow of Yaddo and Hawthornden. Her work has been published in The Paris Review Daily, The New York Times,  The Observer, Guernica, Interview and Faerie Magazine, where she was editor at large.

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Rose Callahan

Rose Callahan is a New York-based photographer and director who focuses on character-driven portraits of cultural tastemakers. With curiosity and empathy she makes portraits that celebrate individuality and the transformative power of style. Rose is the co-author of two books, I Am Dandy and We Are Dandy, which profile diverse gentlemen from around the globe for whom dressing is elevated to an art.

Lynn Parramore

Lynn Parramore is a writer and cultural historian and critic on women, culture, and society. She is author of Reading the Sphinx: Ancient Egypt in Nineteenth-Century Literary Culture (Palgrave, 2008) and has written essays for Oxford American, Lapham’s Quarterly, Longform, and other publications.

Ellen Von Unwerth

    Ellen von Unwerth is a photographer and director best known for her playfully erotic images. She has photographed countless artists, musicians and models, including Madonna, David Bowie, Kate Moss, Uma Thurman, Cate Blanchett, and Beyonce. Her images have appeared in Vogue, Vanity Fair, Interview, and other publications. She has shot campaigns for Guess, Dior, John Galliano, Ralph Lauren, and more.

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Elena Kanagy-Loux

Elena Kanagy-Loux is a descendent of the Amish and grew up between the US and Japan, where she was immersed in both traditional craft and DIY fashion. With a BFA in Textiles from FIT and an MA in Costume Studies from NYU, her work as a lacemaker and textile historian bridges the gap between modern and historical making practices. She is currently the Collections Specialist at the Antonio Ratti Textile Center at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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Maria Kreyn

Maria Kreyn is a Russian born artist, educated in drawing at SORA, and at the University of Chicago (in math and philosophy). Her work has been exhibited in numerous galleries in the United States and Europe, and has traveled to multiple museums in China. The ABC TV series The Catch was inspired by her iconic painting Alone Together, and she was recent featured in Vanity Fair on Art (Nov 2018). 

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Erin Orr

Erin K. Orr is a Brooklyn-based puppet artist, storyteller and kitchen witch. She is absorbed in the creative alchemy of turning the raw ingredients of images, objects, folklore and food into a feast. Follow her culinary creations at bigsislittledish.com.

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Kayla Ferguson

Kayla Ferguson is a classically-trained actress who has appeared in Off-Broadway shows, independent movies, and television series, including Boardwalk Empire. She gravitates towards roles that celebrate anachronism and romance. She is a master of style, costume, and guise, as well as an avid lover of cinema, adventure, and fine spirits.

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Chrystabell

Chrystabell’s unique and powerful voice stands apart in the music world. She is the longtime musical collaborator of David Lynch, as well as the star of the second season of Twin Peaks. When she is not wielding her on-stage magic, you might find her spiritual energy guiding burials at her natural cemetery in Texas

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Jennifer May Reiland’s art is informed by a religious childhood where the End times were perpetually near. She confronts religiosity, gender roles, and human and animal suffering in her work. She attended Cooper Union, then spent a year in Paris as recipient of the Harriet Hale Woolley Scholarship. She has been a resident at, the Open Sessions program at The Drawing Center, the Studio Program at Queens Museum, with solo shows at Enrique Guerrero Gallery in Mexico City and Lawndale Art Center in Houston.

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Gwenda-lin Grewal

Grewal is an original co-founder of Muses Escape. She is also a professor of philosophy and classics at The New School for Social Research, and the creator of the whimsical fashion line, Hardly Alice. Her publications include Fashion | Sense: On Philosophy and Fashion, and Thinking of Death: A Close Reading and New Translation.

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Suggest a Muse
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We are always seeking new Muses to diversify and expand our group of contributors.

Do you know someone you think we should know? We'd love to hear about them!

Suggest a Muse using the form below.

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