Marianne Faithfull, Still a Fashion Icon (Part Two)

12 Oct

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After decades Marianne Faithfull is still a Fashion Icon 

Back in 1971, Yves Saint Laurent was foundational in celebrity stylish as he dressed Mick and Bianca Jagger for their wedding in St. Tropez. By doing so, he built on the already solid platform that saw the brand adjoined closely with rock and roll culture in the houses infant years. Decades later, last year to be exact, that connection was restored as the brand launched their Saint Laurent Music Project. A growing portraiture campaign of musicians styling themselves in iconic and permanent pieces of the Saint Laurent collection, continues this year with contributions from Marianne Faithfull.



Marianne Faithfull about Kate Bush

“On the phone from Paris, famous fan Marianne Faithfull notes that Bush’s four-octave range should be regarded as a “national treasure.” “My favorite instrument in the whole world is the human female voice, and Kate Bush is one of the reasons why. It is, by far, a Stradivarius,” Faithfull says. “Which is why she rarely deals with the press or isn’t in a rush to record. She’s one of the few who can be above all that.”


They all wanted to photograph her

 Marianne Faithfull by David BaileyDavid Bailey, 1964
Terry O'Neill
Terry O’Neill, 1964. 
Terry O'Neill
 Terry O’Neill, 1964. These pictures changed her image 
John Kelly, 1967
Cecil Beaton 1968
Cecil Beaton, 1968 
 Robert Mapplethorpe, 1974
helmut newton 1979
Helmut Newton, 1979
Steven Meisel, 1989
Annie-Leibovitz, 1990
Bettina Rheims 1995
Bettina Rheims 1995
Bruce Weber 1997
Bruce Weber, 1997
Anton-Corbijn. 1997
Anton Corbijn, 1997
Ellen Von Unwerth 1999
Ellen Von Unwerth, 1999
helmut newton 1999
Helmut Newton, 1999 
Peter Lindberg, 2002
Rankin, 2005
 Rankin, 2005
Karl Lagerfeld, 2010
Hedi Slimane 2014
Hedi Slimane, 2014

Marianne Faithfull & Kate Moss 

In 2009 Marianne Faithfull launched an extraordinary attack in The Daily Mail on former friend Kate Moss, calling the supermodel a ‘vampire’ who stole her style. The (now) 68-year-old singer said that, although she and Kate were once close, they are no longer on speaking terms.

‘She’s not really my friend. I thought she was, but she’s very clever,’ she said. ‘She wanted to read me like a Braille book. And she did. It’s a vampirical thing.’

Marianne, who famously had a relationship with Mick Jagger in the late 1960s, even accuses the 40-year-old of imitating her choice of men, comparing the Rolling Stone to Kate’s husband Jamie Hince. ‘Now I see pictures of her with a boy who looks like Mick Jagger, and her looking like me. So there was a reason. It’s one of her gigs to do me,’ she told The Times.

Kate And Marianne

Kate and Marianne, apparently drawn to each other by a shared love of fashion and rock stars, were once a regular night-time fixture in Central London and even holidayed together in the Bahamas. At the time the iconic star said that she and Kate, who is almost thirty years her junior, were kindred spirits.

‘She’s very complex – she’s very like me. She’s a Capricorn. I think she’s great,’ she has said. ‘You know, it’s OK. I don’t give a s***. But I was quite offended at the time. We were very fond of each other. And then it suddenly soured,’ she added.

‘She’s very clever, but she isn’t at all educated. We don’t have any [common] references. Except music.”

A  year later, Marianne Faithfull apologizes to Kate Moss…… 

In the Guardian of 16 February 2013, Marianne says she’s keeping her distance: “Except from Kate [Moss] – she’s an exception, because she’s clever and interesting, which is rare. Also, she’s clean now, which is great. It makes things much easier. She’s almost 40, which is a good time to stop. It’s when I stopped.”

Kate and Marianne


Story in W magazine by Bruce weber

The story was called “High Camp” and was published in W magazine November 1997. Models in this series:- Lucie de la Falaise, Kate Moss, Stella McCartney, Marianne Faithfull.  Photographed by Bruce Weber,  styled by Giovanna Battaglia

Only the pictures with Marrianne Faithfull:

W magazine

W November 1997 -High Camp- by Bruce Weber from tfs - 5

W November 1997 -High Camp- by Bruce Weber from tfs - 8 (1)

W November 1997 -High Camp- by Bruce Weber from tfs - 11


W magazine


New Album

‘Sparrows Will Sing’ was written by Roger Waters for Marianne Faithfull and is the first single from Marianne’s 20th album ‘Give My Love To London’.



Marianne Faithfull

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