GIVENCHY, BRUNI, AND ME
Skincare guru Tata Harper remembers working one of haute couture’s most important runways.
“In 1995, one year after graduating from high school, I enrolled in fashion summer school in Paris.
I was 19 years old and I wanted to be a designer.
As part of its curriculum, my school offered real-life experience at the couture shows. I got to work three: EMANUEL UNGARO, CHANEL, and GIVENCHY — which happened to be the last collection designed by Hubert de Givenchy himself.
He was super involved in the production.
My job was to dress certain models, including CARLA BRUNI. She had five looks and I had to make sure she was on the runway in a timely manner.
Backstage, Carla got totally naked. I’d zip up each garment, put on her shoes and jewelry, and then bring over the makeup artists and hairstylists for touch-ups.
There were so many last minute changes, but Mr. Givenchy was totally zen.
Carla was offering the younger models advice before they walked the runway, which I thought was so cool.
At the end of the show, she said I was one of the best dressers she’d ever had.
It was unforgettable.
— as told to The Thick