Fashion and celebrity world figures pay tribute to Patrick Demerchelier, whose death was announced on Friday.
French photographer Diana was best known for her photographs of the Princess of Wales, one of which appeared on the cover of Vogue’s December 1991 issue and was credited with updating her photographs and giving her a more intimate, accessible appeal. The princess famously described the photographer as “a dream” to work with, and a portrait of her was later displayed at the National Portrait Gallery in London.
Among those who quickly paid tribute was model Bella Hadid, who posted on Instagram: “I’m grateful I’m lucky enough to be in front of your lens. The most tender, the most legendary, the softest but full of life. You will miss Patrick. Rest in peace. “
Cindy Crawford shared some photos of Demerchelier with herself, with the caption, “Rest in Peace, @PatrickDemerchelier. Thanks for the great memories and the beautiful, timeless pictures. “
And designer Vera Wang posted that she was “fundamentally sorry.”
Demerchelier’s family announced his death on Friday, posting on Instagram: “It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Patrick Demerchelier on March 31, 2022 at the age of 78 years. He is survived by his wife, Mia, and their three sons, Gustaf. Arthur, Victor and three grandchildren.
French has worked at the height of fashion photography for more than four decades, including campaigns by Dior, Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent and Tommy Hilfiger. In addition to Princess Diana, she posed for roll-call photos of A-list celebrities, including Beyonc,, Madonna and Jennifer Lopez. Her name was checked in the 2006 film After Satan Prada And played a minor role in its film version Sex and the City. In 2007, he was awarded the Order of Arts and Literature in his native France.
In 2018, after the Boston Globe investigation, Demerchelier was charged with sexual harassment, a charge he denied.