by Nathalie Azoulai
Did you know that before the 60s, fashion designers were just suppliers dedicated to their faithful customers? But, in the 1960s, Yves Saint Laurent changed the whole picture since he has his guardian angel, his patron, his strong man, his lover. With Pierre Bergé on his side, the designer could stay in his fantasies, neurosis and escape business reality. And therefore become an artist. Since the 80s, fashion designers are no more suppliers but worshipped creators sharing their genius with other artists (Marc Jacobs), having a drug problem (John Galliano), being utterly gay (all of them?) and dying tragically (Alexander McQueen). You doubt it? Try something: can you imagine a 2012 fashion designer with a white overall?