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.

12 comments:

  1. I love your stories! I so enjoy your blog.
    cupcake
    xo

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  2. Ah, it was so wonderful then ...

    (ashamed to tell you I'm eating a microwaved frozen pizza, yuck)

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  3. So is that THE dress in the video? Amazing!

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  4. No, just a video of Tina and Ike; they broke up almost after this one.

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  5. i agree! was it that golden dress..not sure! lovely stories, always, sweets! xoxo

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  6. Loved reading this - what a story! I'm glad she managed to get the dress in the end. I'm sure the sales associate would have regretted it otherwise, considering what an icon Tina ended up being!

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  7. I really enjoyed this story. Wow, if you really want something in this world, you can get it! Where there is a will, there is a way.

    :)

    ~Zabrinah

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  8. There's so few pieces that inspire that kind of passion these days. At least not at a price that is anywhere near affordable. *sighs* LLGxx

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  9. It was all new then ... and we had no idea we were dealing with something special with our designers or even our customers. It was just what we did.

    It was passion though to do the buying. We might be having a fight, me tired and hungry and Charles never those things, and see a great dress and oh happiness. Odd way to live, actually, lol.

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