Get Me Patrick!

Get Me Patrick!

We all remember the scene in, "The Devil Wears Prada" where Meryl Streep, as Anna Wintour yells at her assistant, played by Anne Hathaway, to get Demarchelier on the line, his name being tossed around throughout the film as if he were Madonna or Prince. Well the Musée du Petit Palais did get Patrick, and the result is truly inspiring.

I was fortunate enough to be in Paris to catch the opening of the Patrick Demarchelier exhibition, which features over 400 of the 65 year-old French photographer's famous portraits from Madonna to Tom Cruise and super-model/muse Christy Turlington, to Princess Diana and his famed nudes in the water. But what makes this show particularly amazing is how Demarchelier laid it out. Put together in Mondrian-like clusters, his portraits are displayed throughout almost the entire museum juxtaposed with its permanent collection of treasures. For example, while walking down one hall you may see a beautiful Renaissance portrait painting in its ornate gilded frame that shares the same wall space as a black and white image of The Smashing Pumpkins.

Another one of the highlights of the exhibition is a hallway which is full of Demarchelier's contact sheets, all marked-up with a grease pencil and tacked together hap-hazardly, just as if Demarchelier had lifted them off his work table and stuck them on the wall. Each glass- encased series of contacts creates a beautiful, intimate collage that draws you in, and makes you wonder if all of the red circles and X's on Diana's contacts where actually made by the Princess herself. 

The show runs until January 4th and is a must-see if you are going to be in Paris.

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