- Photo by Patrick Demarchelier
Top fashion photographer Patrick Demarchelier, an author of many iconic portraits of world-famous personalities, died on Thursday aged 78. Without citing the cause of his death, the announcement was made on Demarchelier’s official Instagram account.
His career took off in the early 1990s; he was name-checked in the film The Devil Wears Prada.
Patrick Demarchelier was born in 1943 near Paris and raised in Le Havre, Normandy, Demarchelier began taking photos as a teenager. By 1975, when he was in his early 30s, he had moved to New York, and begun shooting magazine covers and advertising campaigns, with clients as wide ranging as Gap and Chanel. Though he was French, Demarchelier predominantly worked in America for American magazines. While his photographs had a sophisticated European style, their soft edges were appealing to US customers.
He was best known for his photographs of Diana, Princess of Wales, one of which appeared on the cover of Vogue’s 1991 December issue and was credited with updating her image and giving her a more intimate, accessible appeal. The princess famously described the photographer as “a dream” to work with, and one of his portraits of her was later displayed in London’s National Portrait Gallery.
Demarchelier’s photographs appeared on the covers of the world’s top magazines like Elle, Glamour, Rolling Stone, and Newsweek . . He joined forces with a number of fashion houses, contributing to the advertising campaigns of Dior, Chanel, Giorgio Armani, Gianni Versace, Yves Saint Laurent, and many others.
He also helped to define the look of Harper’s Bazaar in the 1990s under legendary editor Liz Tilberis. His photograph of supermodel Linda Evangelista for the September 1992 issue, “Enter the Era of Elegance,” remains one of the most striking and memorable covers in the history of magazines.
Cindy Crawford shared some pictures of herself taken by Demarchelier, which she captioned, “Rest In Peace, @patrickdemarchelier. Thanks for so many great memories and beautiful, timeless images.”
And designer Vera Wang posted that she was “saddened to the core”.
Many celebrities, fashion designers, models, stylists, have paid tribute to Demarchelier following the news of his death, thanking him for his kindness, talent and contribution to their careers.
“I am grateful to have been lucky enough to be in front of your lens. Most gentle, most legendary, soft but full of life. You will be missed Patrick,” Hadid wrote on Instagram.
“So many memories. I had the pleasure of being photographed by Patrick often and always enjoyed him and his team so much. Tons of love to your family,” actress Kate Hudson said.
“So sad to hear of the passing of @patrickdemarchelier. Will always remember our shoots together — I will miss his enthusiastic ‘Bebe’ and ‘genial’ and the refined elegance he always brought to his work. I so enjoyed working him and have many fond memories”, Claudia Schiffer said.
Ciao Zio Buono, thanks for connecting me with Karl Lagerfeld (former CEO of Fashionharp.com) 78 yrs is ok peace +”, Kelvis Outlook said.
Demarchelier’s family announced his death on Friday, posting on Instagram: “It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Patrick Demarchelier on March 31st 2022, at the age of 78. He is survived by his wife Mia, his three sons Gustaf, Arthur, Victor and three grandchildren.”
His son, Victor Demarchelier, is also a photographer.
Despite a rich and deep legacy, in 2018 amidst the #MeToo reckoning, Demarchelier was among a number of photographers accused of sexual harassment. Condé Nast released the following response to the allegations: “We have informed Patrick we will not be working with him for the foreseeable future.” Demarchelier denied the allegations.
FashionHarp Calling All The Big Names
We were supposed to hold an event in New York in July. Now, everything has been canceled due to the death of Patrick.
In the meantime, we thought that instead of presenting a ready-to-wear collection, we would have preferred to have a healthy way to keep Patrick’s memories alive by gathering all the big names like Kate Hudson, Cindy Crawford, Vera Wang, Beyonce, Madonna, Jennifer Lopez, and many others that were inspired by him.
The truth is, memories don’t simply disappear nor would we want them to, and letting go completely may not be possible, or even healthy.
Our MastHead page is dedicated exclusively to the VIP in the Fashion Industry and will always be; according to the CEO at FashionHarp Italia and the late photographer Patrick Demarchelier in the year 2017.
The idea of FashionHarp MastHead with Patrick is genial, and it had already been on our wish list for more than three years, as a place to present a team of VIPs in a different collocation, see for example our Creative Director Naomi Campell and others.
It will be a beautiful vision, a beautiful message, a beautiful sentiment seeing a top model sitting in the office in front of a desktop.
It will be a good thing in our opinion, there will only be good things.
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