Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Tina Turner and Janet and THAT Dress ... A Year Later
Just a little story from Tina Turner's biography I, Tina: My Life Story ... about a dress she just had to have and how it happened.
"I went shopping even though I didn't have a dime. I went into Charles Gallay, a shop I had found when I was with Ike. Charles definitely had what I wanted -- quality things that cost a lot of money. Yeah, I got to tell you -- I love it when the clothes are expensive. You know why? They look right and they last. It's not just about price -- there's got to be quality there.
Now I've got to tell you about Janet. I love Janet. She could understand me and relate to me. There was never a time when I walked into that shop she thought, "Oh, no, Tina doesn't have any money." Janet was smarter than that.
Well, there came a time when there was a very expensive dress that I had to have. I loved it and I wanted it. It felt like gold in my hands, but I said to myself, there's no way I can spend that kind of money. So I said to Janet, "Janet, kinda -- don't sell this dress." Now how can you say that to a saleswoman? But Janet wasn't just a saleswoman, she was Charles' ace boon top saleswoman. So she could hold the dress and she knew I was going to find a way to buy it. She had a few buyers that came in, but Janet didn't push it; she didn't tell them you can wear it this way and do this with it.
And finally -- a year later -- I did find a way to get that dress!"
I remember that gold dress, like molten silk woven by angels. It was made by Roberto Cavalli's sister who showed at in Florence next to her brother at the Pitti Palace. I can tell you everything about that dress but I can't remember her name, alas.