Iconic phogographer David Bailey says fashion is most boring thing in world
He's the creator of some of fashion's most enduring and iconic images; he discovered Jean Shrimpton and married Marie Helvin; he was even the inspiration for the film Blow-Up , so when David Bailey says he's not interested in fashion, it comes as something of a surprise.
Speaking to ‘The Telegraph’ newspaper on the eve of his latest exhibition, ‘East End’ , a deeply personal collection of photographs illustrating 50 years in the place of his birth, Bailey expressed in no uncertain terms where is photographic loyalties now lie - with real people, not the beautiful models he became so associated with at the height of the 'Swinging Sixties', the era he personified.
Whilst the fashion industry's love for Bailey shows no sign of wavering, his love for it seemingly failed to ever even blossom. "I was never that interested in fashion. It was the only way that a photographer in those days could earn a living creatively," he says of the early days of his career. It's an attitude which remains to this day, reinforced by his opinion of journalists: "I respect the ones who are in Afghanistan but I'm not sure I respect the ones sitting in the front row of a fashion show. It's the most boring thing in the world."
But despite this, he cites US ‘Vogue’ 's Grace Coddington, Karl Lagerfeld and John Galliano as people he has "enormous respect" for, adding that Gianni Versace was "one of the most intelligent men I've spent time with."
Surprisingly, Victoria Beckham - the world's most famous clothes horse - also has a place in his fashion-hating heart, footwear permitting: "I think she looks very smart and she dresses a lot better than lots of people like that… I'm not mad about the shoes she wears. They look like they hurt a bit - if you were told you had to wear those for the rest of your life you'd burst out crying." The Duchess of Cambridge also gets a look in: "she looks great and she's the first one [Royal] that dresses with a bit of style, isn't she."