Joan of Arc, inspires because she’s a Symbol of Heroism and Strength

31 Jan
Paco Rabanne design, 1974Paco Rabanne design, 1974

Who was Joan of Arc?

Joan of Arc, a peasant girl living in medieval France, believed that God had chosen her to lead France to victory in its long-running war with England. With no military training, Joan convinced the embattled crown prince Charles of Valois to allow her to lead a French army to the besieged city of Orléans, where it achieved a momentous victory over the English and their French allies, the Burgundians. After seeing the prince crowned King Charles VII, Joan was captured by Anglo-Burgundian forces, tried for witchcraft and heresy and burned at the stake in 1431, at the age of 19. By the time she was officially given the status holy in 1920, the Maid of Orléans (as she was known) had long been considered one of history’s greatest saints, and an enduring symbol of French unity and nationalism.


Joan of Arc inspires fashion designers, photographers & magazines to the day, because she’s a symbol of heroism and strength

Alexander McQueen was very inspired by Joan of Arc. He based his fall/winter ’98 collection on her, but in many other collections he produced, you’ll find influences of Joan. And Sarah Burton, who is now head designer of Alexander McQueen, 

Alexander McQueen, Joan of Arc collection f/w '98
Alexander McQueen FallWinter 200910
Alexander McQueen fw 98 'Joan'
2009-2010 Alexander McQueen


Jean-Paul Gaultier

Jean- Paul Gaulthier Joan of Arc dress

Jean- Paul Gaulthier Joan of Arc dress

Jean- Paul Gaulthier Joan of Arc dress 1



John Galliano/ Dior

Haute Couture John Galliano

Lily Cole for Christian Dior

Natalia Vodianova in Christian Dior Haute Couture Fall 2006 by John Gallino


Portayed as Joan of Arc

Emma Thompson as Joan of Arc - by Annie LeibovitzEmma Thompson, Annie LeibovitzMichelle as Joan of Arc. Herb RittsMichelle Pfeiffer ph. Herb Ritts
Alexander McQueenAlexander McQueen

Marlies Dekkers

Fall/Winter 2014






W Magazine

Dame of Thrones, ph. Tim Walker, September 2012






My favorite Joan of Arc is Milla Jovovich in The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc, 1999.

Directed by Luc Besson.
Milla Jovovich as Joan of Arc from the Luc Besson movie.





Joan of Arc inspired

Joan of Arc inspired

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