He’s one of the most talked-about figures in the world of fashion, and now Bernard Arnault is going to be the subject of a biography.
French writer Marie-France Pochna has recently begun researching the life of the French luxury goods giant, whose holdings include Christian Dior, Givenchy and Louis Vuitton. The book is expected to be released by Nil — a small Parisian publisher — by the year 2000.
The intensely private Arnault has not only promised to stay out of her way, but he’s consented to sit for a series of interviews as well.
“You want the best of both worlds,” said Pochna, who has reached the bestseller lists with her previous biographies, “Agnelli: The Irresistible” and “Christian Dior: The Man Who Made the World Look New.”
“You don’t want to be barred, but you don’t want a complete authorized biography. That diminishes the integrity of the book. It needs to be a good balance between puff piece and hatchet job.”
Meanwhile, Pochna’s Dior tome is in the process of being adapted into a musical film by Malcolm McLaren. While the movie hasn’t yet started production, Pochna said most of the music will be provided by the Sex Pistols, a group McLaren once managed.

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