Mix work and private life? A bet which, if not specific to fashion design, is nevertheless widespread in this sector. However, few couples are as iconic as the one formed by Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé.
Today, romantic and creative collaborations take on several patterns.
Yves St Laurent and Pierre Bergé
Pierre Bergé is a respected businessman, Yves Saint Laurent a brilliant young couturier and together they will form one of the most legendary couples in fashion.
They met in 1958 and split in 1976 but remained business partners. They remained very close until the end and had a civil union in 2008, a few days before YSL’s death.
Vivienne Westwood and Andreas Kronthaler
Designers Vivienne Westwood and Andreas Kronthaler met in 1998, when Andreas attended a course given by Vivienne at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna. They won't leave each other after that. Andreas moves to London shortly after they meet. Married in 1993, they continue to work together - Vivienne even renamed her brand "Andreas Kronthaler for Vivienne Westwood" to recognize her work as an artistic director.
Rick Owens and Michele Lamy
Michèle Lamy is French but it was in Los Angeles that she met Californian Rick Owens in 1990. She opened a first door for him in fashion, asking him to create men's clothing for his former eponymous brand. In 1994, Rick Owens created his own brand and in 2003 they moved to Paris, where they married in 2006.
Valentino Garavani and Giancarlo Giammetti
Giammetti and Valentino met at a café in Rome in the 1960s. They established the creation of their brand together. Their collaboration will last more than 50 years with a beautiful parenthesis of 12 years of love.
Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana
The controversial pair that met in the 80’s in the Milan club had been dating for 2 decades before they split. They both started as assistant designers for Giorgio Correggiari, before they launched their brand in 1982.