LONDON — Gardner Bellanger, the former president director general of Condé Nast France, died on Dec. 30 in Paris at the age of 71, Condé Nast International’s chairman and chief executive Jonathan Newhouse said Friday. The cause of her death was not disclosed.
Bellanger was president of Condé Nast France from 1994 through to her retirement in 2002, and before that had served as both publisher of Vogue Paris and as U.S. Vogue’s Paris-based advertising sales director. Newhouse called Bellanger “an effective, charismatic leader who made a big difference.”
Noting the difficult business climate of France in the mid-1990s, Newhouse said that Bellanger “with her strong leadership ability, her courage, optimism and impeccable style…made a strong impact on the market. She provided direction and motivation to the staff and won the support of Condé Nast’s business partners.”
Condé Nast France launched decoration magazine AG under Bellanger’s leadership in 2000, and Newhouse said that her stewardship also saw Paris Vogue “achieve new relevance.”
U.S.-born Bellanger moved to Paris as a young woman and married and raised a family there. She had recently moved to a new apartment “as she planned her future life,” Newhouse noted.
Bellanger’s late husband was Patrice Bellanger, a noted art gallerist who specialized in European sculpture and who died in February 2014. She had two children, David, who died in 2011, and Vanessa, who works closely with John Galliano at Maison Martin Margiela. Bellanger is also survived by five grandchildren.
“She made a lasting contribution to the success of Condé Nast in her day,” added Newhouse. “She was kind of a heroine. I am glad that I knew her and sad that she is gone.”