Friday, 8 September 2017

Pierre Berge: 10 Quick Facts About the Co-Founder of Yves Saint Laurent who died of a long time illness.



Pierre Berge who worked with legendary French designer Yves Saint Laurent, to build one the world's biggest fashion house, has died.

Also Read: Pierre Berge, Co-Founder of popular fashion brand 'Yves Saint Laurent, Dies At 86

Naijanewsmag.com brings to you 10 facts about the famous fashion entrepreneur:

- After nearly 50 years together, Berge and Saint Laurent were joined in a civil union in 2008, just days before the fashion designer died of a brain tumor.

- Pierre Berge was a passionate advocate for equal marriage rights, as well as a pioneer for gay rights and the fight against AIDS.

- Berge co-founded the activist organization 'Sidaction' and later donated large sums of his fortune to AIDS research.

- Hhe also delved into the film world, where he produced Robin Campillo’s 120 Beats per Minute, which depicts the struggle of the ActUp AIDS activists, which won the Grand Prize at the Cannes film festival this year.

- Berge was a towering figure in the fashion world, not only co-founding the Saint Laurent fashion house, but also the Institut Francais de la Mode.

- He was twice elected head of the French fashion body Chambre des Syndicats des Couturiers, first in 1974 and then in 1986.

- Berge was widely credited for creating the legend around Saint Laurent as well as steering his business into lucrative licensing deals that created his vast fortune when the designer was suffering from addiction and depression.

- Berge cooperated with Jalil Lespert’s Yves Saint Laurent, starring Pierre Niney, in which he was portrayed by Cesar winner Guillaume Gallienne.

- He was also a passionate collector and patron of the arts, and served as head of the Paris Opera from 1988 to 1993.

- He also spearheaded the renovation of the Centre Pompidou in Paris.

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