Marie-Amelie Sauvé is an acclaimed stylist, long-time collaborator of designer Nicolas Ghesquière, and creative and editorial director at Mastermind magazine, which she founded in early 2017.
The bi-annual print publication focuses on the intersection of fashion and culture. Various of Sauvé’s industry colleagues collaborated in the inaugural issue, including photographers Bruce Weber and Steven Meisel , and actress Isabelle Huppert.
Sauvé comes from a large family with a keen interest in fashion. Her mother, who studied fashion herself, was able to get Sauvé an internship at French Vogue, beginning what would become a decades-long link between the stylist and the publication.
After the internship ended, Sauvé returned to the publication as an assistant, collaborating with Guy Bourdin and Annie Leibovitz. She worked her way up through the magazine, before electing to go freelance. The stylist began consulting at Trussardi in 1997, but left to join Nicolas Ghesquière, who took up the creative directorship of Balenciaga that same year.
"I think we were just following our instincts. And we are both very passionate, fearless and strong-minded. We worked very hard, we often would stay late into the night. But it never felt like work,” she told BoF. Together, the two turned the house of Balenciaga into a highly directional label and a leader in the luxury industry.
They renewed their collaboration after Ghesquière took the helm of Louis Vuitton in 2013.
Sauvé continued her styling work for print publications, becoming a senior fashion editor at W Magazine in 2012, and fashion director of New York Times’s T Magazine in 2016. Mastermind magazine is her first independent venture.