In the famous "Devil Wears Prada" scene, Miranda Priestly cryptically demands to her assistants, "Get me Demarchelier!" Within seconds, the more competent of two proves her worth by yelling out: "I've got Patrick!"
Yes, Patrick Demarchelier is that much of an style stalwart that knowing his name is knowing the fashion industry itself. He's shot for Vogue and Harper's Bazaar, Louis Vuitton and Yves Saint Laurent, that iconic Janet Jackson topless cover for Rolling Stone and even the fantastical bridal photo shoot in the first "Sex and the City" movie.
This year, Demarchelier's biggest gig was a photographic retrospective of Christian Dior, for which he snapped original pieces of Dior couture dating back to the midcentury, gathered up in a massive book entitled, appropriately, "Dior Couture" (see a preview here!).
But with such high-profile projects, Demarchelier tells the Telegraph in a new interview that his favorite subjects are still the most simple:
"When people ask me which is your favourite portrait... they expect it to be Diana, or someone famous. But the answer is my dog, Puffy. They think I mean Puff Daddy. No, it is the dog."
A dachshund, to be exact. 68-year-old Demarchelier is not overly impressed with celebrity, given how many famous faces he's shot. "You know," he tells the Telegraph, "I don't care who I shoot. Sometimes, I do not know who they are."
Some, however, he can't help but know. Demarchelier muses, "I do weddings again. I just did the wedding in Monaco, the Prince [Albert] and Princess [Charlene]."
Royals, couture... and puppies? Sounds like ideal mix to us. That Demarchelier is one lucky man.