Patrick Demarchelier is a master photographer whose images capture an often surprising and spontaneous vitality in even the most powerful icons of beauty and culture. Perhaps his best-known photographs are his portraits of Diana, Princess of Wales, taken with her sons, which helped to establish her as “the people’s Princess.”
For more than three decades, Demarchelier’s images have helped define nearly every major fashion magazine, including American, British, and French Vogue, Vanity Fair, and W. He has also created advertising images for clients including Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent, Louis Vuitton, Dior, Calvin Klein, Donna Karan, Armani, Valentino, L’Oréal, Tiffany, and Harry Winston.
His first book, Patrick Demarchelier: Fashion Photography, was published in 1989 and has been followed by publications including FORMS, Photographs, and Exposing Elegance. Among the awards that have been bestowed upon Demarchelier are the 2007 CFDA Founder’s Award in Honor of Eleanor Lambert and being declared an Officier de L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Minister of Culture that same year. In the fall of 2008, Le Petit Palais Musée des Beaux Arts de la Ville de Paris presented a comprehensive selection of 400 of Demarchelier’s photographs in a widely acclaimed exhibition.
Since 2010, Demarchelier has been collaborating with Dior, resulting in two books and several exhibitions. Dior Couture was published in 2011, and Dior: New Couture was released in November 2014. The exhibition Dior Couture was presented in Moscow in 2013 at the Manezh Central Exhibition Hall, and later that year Esprit Dior was exhibited at MoCA Shanghai. Most recently, Esprit Dior was on view in Tokyo, Japan, from the end of 2014 through early 2015.