Born on 17 July 1928 in London
Died on 28 May 1995 in London
“Jean Muir, a petite lady whose soft lines and fluid structuring bespeak her tranquil Scottish background. Determined to make clothes comfortable, she matches style with fashion sense” – Vogue
"The clothes in themselves do not make a statement. The woman makes a statement and the dress helps” – Jean Muir
Born in London, raised and educated in Bedford, Jean always had an interest in dressmaking and claimed to be able sew, knit and embroider from the age of 6.
1950 Begins working in the stockroom at Liberty & Co, where she progresses through several positions.
1956 Begins working for Jaeger where she is responsible for several collections and attends Paris couture shows.
1962 Leaves Jaeger to design her first collection under the Jane and Jane label.
1964 Wins the Bath Costume Museum Dress of the Year Award and is awarded Dress of the Year by the Fashion Writer’s Association.
1965 Receives the Ambassador’s Award for Achievement and the Haarper’s Bazaar Trophy.
1966 Establishes Jean Muir Limited
1968 Wins the Bath Costume Museum Dress of the Year Award.
1972 The Royal Society of the Arts appoints her Royal Designer for the Industry (RDI)
1979 Wins the Bath Costume Museum Dress of the Year Award and is appointed an Advisory Member to the Victoria & Albert Museum Council.
1983 Launches Jean Muir in Cotton, becomes a member of the Design Council, the B/Tec Board for Design and a Trustee of the Victoria & Albert Museum.
1984 Awarded Commander of the OBE and CBE. Launches Jean Muir at Home and Jean Muir for Men.
1985 Launches Jean Muir Studio Collection.
1993 Appointed Vice-President of Friends of Victoria & Albert Museum.
1995 Appointed Member of the London Committee of the Museum of Scotland Project.
1995 Dies of breast cancer