Pierre Bergé, who co-founded Yves Saint Laurent in 1961, has died after a long battle with an illness. As well as the co-founder Bergé was also the life long partner of Saint Laurent as well as a celebrated art patron. Bergé and Saint Laurent married in a civil ceremony in the final year of Saint Laurent’s life in 2008. François-Henri Pinault, chairman and chief executive of luxury conglomerate Kering, said in a statement: “It is with great emotion that I learn of the death of Pierre Bergé, a person integral to the history of the House of Yves Saint Laurent. I will always remember him as a man instilled with a fertile tension between avant-gardism and the will to work relentlessly to inscribe creation in history. From the outset, he wished to preserve all the archives of Yves Saint Laurent’s work; an inestimable patrimony that will soon be made available for the public the world over to see in exceptional museums. This man who has just left us was a great cultural figure, and a man with convictions he fought tirelessly to uphold. Pierre Bergé was at the same time a visionary precursor, a great patron, a creative and passionate businessman and a defender of noble and universal causes. He was a tireless patron of young creation, notably through the Andam Association (Association Nationale des Arts de la Mode) he had created — he was also a generous patron of heritage. A man I deeply respect.” Bergé had been a prominent patron of AIDS research since the late 1980s and sat on the boards of several cultural institutions. In 2009 Bergé sold the entire collection of artworks, collected between himself and Saint Laurent over many years, at the Grand Palais in Paris for almost €375 million, benefitting the Fondation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent and AIDS research.
The Talk: “After 30 years, are people still too stuck up when it comes to what they wear?”
“I simply cannot stand people’s tendency to become conservative. There’s always a move back to established conventions, otherwise upcoming waves would be soon categorised as common sense. Even the term avant-garde. Avant-garde is now just a tiny fashion category. It became so cheap and pretentious. I hate it. But still, I strongly believe in the avant-garde spirit: to voice opposition to traditional values. It is not just a youthful sentiment; I live my life by it. Rebellion. You will only be able to oppose something and find something of your own after travelling the long road to tradition”.
Iconic fashion photographer and film maker Bruce Weber has released a series of previously unpublished photographs in collaboration with the new issue of CR Fashion Book. The series, entitled ‘Bedtime Stories’, features images of some of the 90’s coolest celebrities, from Drew Barrymore to River Phoenix. “Many of them were fragile, but had winning characters — and they all expressed a courage that I hope stays with them forever,” Bruce Weber wrote. For the archival series Bruce shares intimate stories along side each image. Weber created some of the most iconic images throughout the 90’s with campaigns for Calvin Klein & Ralph Lauren and has photographed some of the biggest stars throughout his career.
Digital images can been seen on the CR website hereCR Fashion
To celebrate the September 2017 Collection, Burberry are to introduce a photography exhibition, to take place at there new show space ‘Old Sessions House’, Clerkenwell, London. The show is curated by CEO Christopher Bailey, the director of Claire de Rouen Lucy Moore and co-curated by British photographer & Burberry collaborator Alasdair McLellan. The show, entitled ‘We Are Here’ will include over 30 social and documentary photographers including Ken Russell, Matin Parr and Shirley Baker. Christopher Bailey launched the exhibition on Instagram saying “When we started thinking about curating Here We Are, I knew I wanted it to celebrate a certain strand of British photography that I have always loved – one which documents the many and varied tribes and clans and classes that make up this island of ours. It has been an extraordinary privilege to gather together this collection of photographs, that have influenced me so much over the years”. The exhibition will also include a special celebration of the work of Burberry collaborator Alasdair McLellan, exhibiting his largest collection of photographs yet.