Princess Diana’s photographer and fashion legend, Patrick Demarchelier, has passed at the age of 78.
“Get me Demarchelier!” is one of the infamous Miranda Priestley’s most popular quotes on The Devil Wears Prada, and being the epitome of the ultimate fashion editor character, it’s obvious to see why Demarchelier would be quoted as one of the top photographers in the industry.
Sadly, the iconic French fashion photographer has passed today as confirmed on his Instagram account:
Although the causes of his death haven’t been officially confirmed, sources close to the fashion legend claim he passed due to cancer on the island of St. Barth at the age of 78.
Patrick Demarchelier conquered the fashion world in the seventies soon becoming one of the most requested photographers by celebrities and top fashion brands. His talent and popularity were such that in 1989, he became Princess Diana’s ‘unofficial’ personal photographer.
Who was Patrick Demarchelier?
Demarchelier developed a passion for photography in his teenage years when his step-father gave him his first camera. Soon, he realized he could make a living with it and started working at weddings and taking passport pictures. When he turned 20, he decided to leave his hometown Le Havre and move to Paris to start a professional career.
He worked assisting important photographers like Henri Cartier-Bresson and Hans Feurer, who introduced him to fashion photography. It didn’t take him long to make himself noticeable in the fashion industry and even started working for American Vogue. In 1975, following a girlfriend, Demarchelier moved to New York where the Hollywood industry merged with fashion. He opened his first studio and positioned himself as one of the staples of the fashion world. In 1989, he would make one of his most iconic shootings featuring Madonna.
During his profitable and praised career, he worked as lead photographer for Harper’s Bazaar and Condé Nast. He also had memorable works for Vogue, Vanity Fair, and Allure. But besides his unique work with celebrities and fashion brands, one of his biggest professional milestones was working as Princess Diana’s personal photographer. He became the first non-British to be hired directly by the Royal Family.