PARIS — Edmonde Charles-Roux, a longtime French Vogue editor in chief and a biographer of Gabrielle Chanel, died on Jan. 20 in Marseille. She was 95.
She joined Elle France after the Second World War, during which she was in the French Resistance. She left the newly created magazine for Vogue in 1950, becoming its editor in chief in 1954 and holding that position until her departure in 1966. During her tenure she notably increased its fashion pages. She has been credited with helping build the careers of photographers and designers including Guy Bourdin, Irving Penn, Christian Dior and Yves Saint Laurent.
In 1966, she published her first novel, “Forget Palermo,” for which she won the prestigious Goncourt prize.
Her biography of Chanel entitled “L’Irrégulière ou mon itinéraire Chanel” was published in 1974. “She lived the life of a free, independent and passionate woman, just like these major figures to which she gave a new life, with her unique biographer’s talent,” French Minister of Culture Fleur Pellerin said of Charles-Roux.
“She was the fashion’s grande dame,” said Didier Grumbach, the former head of the French fashion federation. He recalled being her tenant as a young man in Paris, renting an apartment in her hôtel particulier on Rue des Saints-Pères.
Services are scheduled for Saturday at 11 a.m. CET in Marseille at the de la Major cathedral.