Jean-Marie Périer in London



Frenchman Jean-Marie Périer has had a wild life: in the 1950s he was drafted to serve in Algeria and worked for the French Army’s photography department; in the 1960s, as the official photographer for Les Copains magazine, he hung out with the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and James Brown; through the 1980s he was living in the USA and directing commercials for the world’s biggest companies; and in the 1990s he returned to Paris and began shooting his famous project, “Designers”, for French Elle. The result was a series of fabulous portraits of the most legendary fashion designers of the last seventy years: Yves Saint-Laurent, Vivienne Westwood, Valentino Clemente Ludovico Garavani, Stella McCartney, John Galliano, Azzedine Alaïa and so many more. Each picture is set up so as to capture the sitter’s true personality; whether it’s Jean-Paul Gaultier dressed up a sleeping priest, or Karl Lagerfeld standing under a Chanel umbrella in his garden, wearing his sunglasses in the snow.

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