Bernard Perris… Rest in Peace

I am not going to go in to a lengthy discourse regarding Haute Couture Designer Bernard Perris. I knew him well. I was introduced to him by Marie José Eymere Jalou the Editor in Chief of L’Officiel magazine back in the late 80’s, just before he was hired by Jean-Louis Scherrer as head designer of his Couture House.

I will say this however; he was one of the kindest, fair and compassionate individuals I had ever met in this BIZ called FASHION. Now to any of you who knew him, you will understand immediately what I mean and how rare those virtues are in our BIZ.

Working with him was a rare pleasure. He was not afraid to being open to the creative possibilities proposed to him, even to those that may have been alien to his aesthetic culture. That in itself took a lot of courage and was a sign of an artist who was comfortable with who he was. Bernard felt secure in exploring creative concepts that were outside of his familiar territory. He was a highly respected Fashion Designer that left his indelible mark on the industry.

My only regret was not taking him up on his frequent invitations to my wife at the time and I to visit him in the south of France.

Mr. Perris… Rest in Peace.

Below, some of the Ad Campaigns I shot for him…


About Benjamin Kanarek
Fashion and Beauty Photographer. Some of the magazines I have shot for include: VOGUE (China, Portugal, Brazil, Italia, Paris and South America & Mexico editions), RG VOGUE Brazil, Harper’s BAZAAR (China, en Español & Latin America, Hong Kong, Italy editions), L’Officiel Paris, ELLE (Spain, Portugal and Greece editions), Madame Figaro (France), Cosmopolitan (France and Italy editions), Glamour (France), Votre Beauté, Jardin des Modes, Dépêche Mode, New York Daily News, Fashion District News, New York Times Magazine, W (British edition), WWD, Fashion Magazine (Canada), Flare (Canada), Oyster, Tank, WestEast…