MUSE: Marisa Mell


Muse: Marisa Mell

Brigette Bardot, Raquel Welch, Catherine Deneuve, Faye Dunaway... It seemed almost impossible to choose a favourite silver screen muse, to be the first to feature on Journal. A difficult decision to make, but we decided to go with one who's beauty and talent made an everlasting impression in cult cinema. The Austrian knock out of the sixties and seventies and whom we believe to be the ultimate cult siren, Marisa Mell. 


Born on February 24, 1939, in Graz, Austria, Marisa Mell was actually born under the name, Marlies Theres Moitzi. She began acting in 1954, but it was in the early sixties, that her career really took off after becoming a regular in many European productions. In 1963 she snagged the female starring role in French Dressing, where she plays Françoise Fayol, who's beauty and style emulates that of Bridget Bardot. It was during this same year that Marisa Mell was involved in a car crash in France. As a result, Mell underwent many surgical operations, one of which actually caused her upper lip to curl, only adding to the uniqueness of her beauty. 

With that sweeping curtain bang and icy blonde locks, Marisa Mell's look was both iconic and unforgettable, a perfect muse for M.A.H. The ultra feminine and effortless style of the seventies has been on our radar for some time now and we think it's going to continue trending for a while yet. A curtain fringe is the perfect way to change up your style, without the commitment and upkeep of a forward fringe. We think its a look that can suit pretty much anyone, as it only adds softness to facial features and doesn't require much attention. Hoorah!


Marisa Mell was not only a euro-starlet and cult siren but her style helped revolutionise that of the sixties and seventies. It's funny that so many of us have never heard her name, yet if you ask us, we think her iconic beauty and considerable talent challenges that of so many hailed, silver screen queens. 

Let's not let our film heroines fade away over time. Do yourself a favour and take a look at "Danger: Diabloik" or "French Dressing" there's something about vintage film thats oh, so special and addictive.

Mikki Auld