Marie-Amelié Sauvé is senior fashion editor at W and a long-time friend and collaborator of designer Nicolas Ghesquière.
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.
Sauvé told Industrie: ‘It was in the mid-to-late 1980s. It was really amazing; at that time French Vogue was really like a family. Helmut Newton was still there, Guy Bourdin… Amazing photographers were still working for the magazine, so I learned a lot about photography — strangely it was not so much about fashion when I was there. I learned a lot about making images by working with those people.”
Sauvé worked her way up through the magazine, before electing to go freelance. The stylist began consulting at Trussadi in 1997, but left to join Nicolas Ghesquière, who took up the creative directorship of Balenciaga that same year.
“I used to come to the studio: he was making clothes and I was trying them on myself, so it was very playful and really creative. We were constantly experimenting and were quite strong-willed.”
Together, the two turned the historic house of Balenciaga into a highly directional label and one of the hottest shows at Paris Fashion Week.