Fashionable London gets even more fashionable this week with the launch of the an exhibit of ‘Jane & Serge’ at Proud Galleries, Chelsea. The collection of photographs taken by Jane’s brother, Andrew, gives an insiders view of the passionate love affair between the French poet-singer-songwriter Serge Gainsbourg and British actress Jane Birkin.
The two meet while on set of the 1968 film Slogan, and spent the next 12 years together in the limelight as one of the most influential couples of their generation. Together they represented an unusually chic union between an English rose who was eighteen years his junior and an eclectic and eccentric Parisian musician. Paparazzi captured their every public move as the couple set trends, and recorded hits including Je t’aime… moi non plus, which the Vatican denounced and the BBC banned.
The collection of images was captured by avid photographer and award-winning writer/director, Andrew Birkin, who was close to his sister and captured personal moments shared by this unlikely pairing. The photographs offer a personal perspective into their relationship behind closed doors, and document their romance until 1980, the year they parted.
And although 30 years have passed since they separated, sales of their hit album Melody Nelson and the public fascination with their love affair still remains strong.
‘Jane & Serge’
Chelsea, London 11th September – 26th October 2014