‘Mykonos Muse’ Photo Book Transports You to Greece’s Fabled Party Island

Transcendent beaches beside the Aegean sea surround this haven for Hollywood stars, fashion emperors, shipping tycoons, and gorgeous models.

Sunset vibes at the Alemàgou beach bar.

The 40 square miles that constitute Mykonos are prized for incredibly beautiful architecture, a surreal party atmosphere, and transcendent beaches beside the sparkling blue-green Aegean sea. 

Stylish duo Alexandra and Lydia Economou at Panormos beach.

So it’s only fitting that French luxury publisher Assouline has included it in its beautifully-designed and highly coveted Travel Series, devoted to the world’s most desirable destinations from Tulum to Tuscany. 

Lizy Manola on Mykonos in the late 1970s.

Mykonos Muse, by Greek photographer Lizy Manola, chronicles the culture and society that has defined Mykonos over the past century, “from its days as a hideout for such luminaries and elites” as Le Corbusier and Aristotle Onassis, to its never-boring club scene—“all the while indulging the reader with the ruins and myths hidden there.” 

A traditional fishing boat in the Old Port.

Manola writes that on Mykonos in the golden days, “everything was possible, and nothing was off-limits. The jet set felt at home, seduced by island’s pure beauty and carefree spirit—a bohemian hideaway where they could go wild, undetected by gossip columnists and paparazzi.” 

And when in the 1960s photographers did start staking out the island, “Hollywood stars, fashion emperors, shipping tycoons, [and] gorgeous models disembarked [from their yachts] and smiled under the golden sun.” 

One of the island’s iconic windmills, built in the 16th century.

The real stars of Mykonos, however, “were the Mykonians, these hard-working, sun-kissed, and openminded people who opened their island for the world to enjoy.” 

Assouline

Until you can charter that yacht yourself and set course for Mykonos, Mykonos Muse is the next best thing, and a fitting addition to any stylish library.

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Jared Paul Stern