Who is Diane Pernet?

10/27/2008

I spent a long weekend in the French countryside with this wonderfully veiled woman in 1992, after the death of my friend Clovis Pennington’s brother, Gary Lee. We slept in the cottage of Gary’s lover’s (Franck’s) parents who graciously hosted Diane, his son’s lover’s brother (Clovis) and myself, an American stranger. It was a bizarre and wonderful and surreal time, but for some reason the memory of Diane stayed with me most of all. Eternally veiled and dressed in black after being widowed by her husband in the eighties, she is an unforgettable presence. Apparently she was Gary’s best friend and his death was a huge, life-changing blow to her.

Recently I discovered her website, A Shaded View of Fashion, and realize she’s still making headlines for her singular and prophetic take on the worlds of art and fashion.

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