Mar 16, 2015

Manuela Pavesi, Photographer and Stylist, Dies

Italian stylist and photographer, and longtime Prada collaborator Manuela Pavesi died Friday in her hometown of Mantova after a long illness. She was 65 years old. Pavesi contributed to shaping Vogue Italia, was a passionate collector of fashion and antique jewelry and was a long-standing friend and collaborator of Miuccia Prada. She also was an inspiration to young designers, helping, for example, to launch the career of Jonathan Anderson. Manuela Pavesi worked with photographers such as Albert Watson and Helmut Newton, collaborating with the latter on the 1986 images for the Pirelli Calendar that were eventually published in 2014 to mark its 50th anniversary. “She was very avant-garde, even with this Pirelli project. She anticipated fashion,” said Vogue Italia editor in chief Franca Sozzani. “She forged a new aesthetic and lived her life abiding to it. Like me, she was in love with Yves Saint Laurent, because he was the first to mix separate pieces. She would do that, too, mixing even contrasting looks. She didn’t follow fashion. She would go down her own road. As long as her aesthetic vision was satisfied, and not offended, she could do anything, from styling to photography. There wasn’t one particular thing she preferred to do.”