The second instalment of a series of interviews by Sofia Tchkonia features a candid conversation with former model and Yves Saint Laurent muse Betty Catroux.
Over years of researching her Icons and Muses project, Tchkonia has interviewed numerous influential figures of 20th and 21st century fashion and culture, including Pierre Berge, Rick Owens and Michele Lamy. She invited SHOWstudio to edit and release the footage as a series entitled Love, Money, God, a nod to the journalist's three key questions.
Following on from the first interview with image-maker Jean-Paul Goude, Betty Catroux discusses modelling for Coco Chanel as a teenager. 'She taught me how to dislike people, she saw the bad in everyone,' she says. Catroux also mentions her close friendship with fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent, who she met in a nightclub. ‘He took me all over the world, holidays, trips, everything… Going for days without sleeping, it was natural for us, ’ she says of their free, luxurious lifestyle.
Aside from her eventful life in fashion, Catroux also discusses love, her children and her marriage, likening her husband (interior decorator François Catroux) and Pierre Berger to fathers to her and Saint Laurent. 'They protected us like parents. They thought we were very naughty ... and they wanted to make us stop!' she explains.
Head to our Love, Money, God project to hear the fashion icon reminisce about her life.