Romanian born model Renee Perle moved to Paris in the 1920s, where she met French photographer Jacques Henri Lartigue on the Rue de la Pompe. Lartigue is considered one of the leading photographers of the 20th century and Renee Perle would become his mistress and his most famous muse, inspiring some of his best known photographs. in his diary, Lartrigue writes of Perle: ‘Around her, I see a halo of magic.’”
Lartigue's 'Angel', as he often referred to her, passed away in 1977, but Renee's beauty remains an inspiration to contemporary photographers and designers. John Galliano has referenced Perle as the inspiration for his fall 2005 collection.