Robert Altman’s film ‘Prêt-à-Porter’ 1994.


I was fashion editor at SF Examiner, sitting next to film and theatre critic Barbara Schulgasser. Robert Altman had just opened ‘The Player’ to rave reviews. Barbara interviewed him. Altman asked her to write the script for an upcoming, film, ‘Prêt-à-Porter’. Barbara introduced me to Altman. Looking at my work, he said, “Your drawings are like ‘The Player’”and invited me to illustrate ‘Prêt-à-Porter’. For American audiences it was renamed ‘Ready-to-Wear’ in case it was confused it with Port-a-Potties. Whilst in Paris, I watched all the filming, attended the dailies, and drew/wrote in Rosita Missoni’s apartment on the rue du Bac.

There are 109 drawings and an 18,000 word daily journal (full of mischief and politics)

‘Prêt-à-Porter’ is a wonderful combination of film and fashion. The costume mistress (No 46) Catherine Leterrier, sister of a former French prime minister, selected real clothes from the 1994 collections.

This collection, drawings and journal, is now at Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Beverly Hills, California.

Anne Coco, director of Graphic Arts Collections wrote: “I have been using images from your collection in presentations and tours that I am giving online so your work is alive and well and finding new fans”

UTE LEMPER. Albertine, pregnant model. Nude fashion show at Cluny. April 13.
JULIA ROBERTS. Anne Eisenhower asst. fashion editor Houston Chronicle.
LYLE LOVETT. Clint Lammereaux, boot mogul.

RICHARD E. GRANT. Cort Romney, fashion designer (Vivienne Westwood character). Wee Scots: with Vivienne Westwood at Opera shoot. March 17.
FOREST WHITAKER. Cy Bianco, fashion designer. With Lamine Kouyaté of Xuly Bët. April 14. Metro.
LILI TAYLOR. Fiona Ulrich, NY Times photo journalist.
with Helena Christensen. Pont Alexandre III. March 13.
SOPHIA LOREN. Isabella de la Fontaine, widow of Olivier. Funeral. May 18.
RUPER EVERETT. Jack Lowenthal, son of Simone Lowenthal, business manager.
TIM ROBBINS. Joe Flynn, Washington Post sports writer.
KIM BASINGER. Kitty Porter, TV reporter. March 5 interviews Jean Paul Gaultier.
DANNY AIELLO. Major Hamilton, Buyer from Chicago/Cross dresser. May 10 at Crossdresser club. May Rose in Faux Chanel suit and real Chanel bag.

STEPHEN REA. Milo O’Brannagan, star photographer. Mischief with Sissy.
TRACEY ULLMAN. Nina Scant, editor British Vogue. March 10. Tracey in Philip Treacy.

SAM ROBARDS, son of Lauren Bacall. Craig Grant, assistant to Linda Hunt editor of ELLE. At Ferrières: size is not important. March 29.
MARCELLO MASTROIANNI. Sergei Oblomov, ex husband of Isabella. May 13. Rodin Museum. Under The Thinker in Deep Thought.
ANOUK AIMÉE. Simone Lowenthal, Fashion designer (Sonia Rykiel character). April 6 at Simone Lo’s atelier: with Sonia Rykiel.
SALLY KELLERMAN. Sissy Wanamaker, editor of Harper’s Bazaar.
LAUREN BACALL. Slim Chrysler, ex-US Vogue editor. March 6 at Jean Paul Gaultier in Armani.
EVE SAVAIL. Gwen, model. April 14 Metro – in Xuly Bët.

ROSSY de PALMA. Pilar, Simone Lo’s asst. March 10 Ledoyen in YSL couture.
HARRY BELAFONTE as himself. Ferrières March 28.

ROBERT ALTMAN. The director. May 18th, early morning: waiting for the last day to begin.
THIERRY MUGLER as himself. March 7. Carrousel du Louvre.
CATHERINE LETERRIERE. Costume designer. March 25 sits in the corridor of the Grand Hotel while Julia & Tim play in the bedroom.