I've always been a fan of David Bailey's work but he wasn't the person that excited me the most on the list of speakers at Vogue's Fashion Festival over the weekend. Unfortunately I was unable to attend but from the reports, the majority of the guests went away feeling that Bailey was amongst their favourite speakers from the weekend and it quickly becomes clear why.
His comments were honest to put it mildly. 'Don't ever sign anything for fucking Condé Nast or Hearst,' he reportedly said rather frankly. 'I had a ghastly contract with American Vogue,' he revealed but despite that, he always had a good relationship with the magazine's former editor Diana Vreeland. 'I used to have dinner with her every Thursday. I really loved Vreeland, though I didn't like working for her.' His blunt confessions didn't end there. Talking about an editor a Vogue he said, 'I used to sprinkle rat shit on her pillow every night, and she used to pick i up with a Kleenex that had flowers on it and say 'Bailey, what do you think that is?' I'd say, 'It looks like rat shit.'
Where you there? What did you think of Bailey's talk?