Patrick Demarchelier, a photographer whose work defined fashion in the decades after the millennium’s turn, died on Thursday. He was 78 years old.
His death was confirmed on his Instagram account.
Demarchelier, Diana’s personal portraitist, was best known for his work with Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar, and he was the focus of a massive bidding war between the glossies. Indeed, he became so associated with Vogue that his name appeared in the film “The Devil Wears Prada.” “Get me Patrick,” a well-known line from the film, was frequently cited.
His work is distinguished by its blend of ease and grace. His images of Diana frequently had an unstudied appearance that captured the princess’ casual demeanour, such as a shot of her sitting on the floor in a strapless white gown and diamond tiara, clutching her knees.
Patrick Demarchelier was born in 1943 in Le Havre, France, and relocated to Paris at the age of 20, however, he built his career in the United States. Indeed, he began photographing for American Vogue even before moving to New York in 1975, after working as an assistant. At both British and American Vogue, he enjoyed a lengthy collaborative connection with stylist Grace Coddington. However, it was his cover photo of Linda Evangelista for the September 1992 edition of Harper’s Bazaar, with one eye obscured by an arm holding up the title’s “A,” that announced the coming of a new editor, Liz Tilberis, and a new style.
Demarchelier has worked with labels such as Christian Dior, Ralph Lauren, Chanel, and Giorgio Armani, as well as photographing the Pirelli calendar three times: in 2005, 2008, and 2014. (the last in conjunction with photographer Peter Lindbergh). In 2018, as the fashion industry battled with its history of sexual harassment and power abuse, Demarchelier was the topic of a Boston Globe piece in which multiple models claimed unwelcome approaches. He rejected the allegations, but his contract with Condé Nast was terminated.
His wife Mia, three kids, and three grandchildren survive him.