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Tamara Mellon: 'Vogue was stressful'

Tamara Mellon: 'Vogue was stressful'

Tamara Mellon remembers working at Vogue being like an episode of TV show Gossip Girl.

The co-founder of Jimmy Choo was a fashion assistant and accessories editor the British version of the glossy magazine from 1990 to 1995, shooting editorials with the top models of the day.

As glamorous as the job was, Tamara admits it wasn’t without its pitfalls.

“Working at Vogue at this time was a bit like being in an episode of Gossip Girl,” she smiled to the publication. “There was always somebody crying in the bathroom. And it was stressful: once I did a shoot assisting (fashion director) Lucinda Chambers, with Nick Knight and Christy Turlington. Christy was wearing a Chanel couture sequins look and they poured a bucket of water over her because they wanted this wet look. I had to return the wet couture and the PR went mad – terrifying, but we did anything to get the right picture.”

Tamara was headhunted by the magazine when she was 23, and recalls how insecure she was when she joined the team. However the designer says that was normal for Vogue workers, who all loved fashion but never felt confident.

To celebrate the fashion bible turning 100, Tamara was happy to share her top Vogue memories, including working with Naomi Campbell.

“I remember seeing Naomi come out of the room at the Sunset Tower Hotel in Los Angeles in the morning with no make-up on, two little braids, and she looked so cute,” she reminisced. “But after hair and make-up, she just transformed into this total glamazon – it was amazing. “

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