"Leila Menchari, the Queen of Enchantment" 2017 GAZIER, Michele [text by]

[393] pp.

GAZIER, Michele

Actes Sud/ Hermes


9.25" x 5.75"

Leïla Menchari (Arabic: ليلى المنشاري‎; 27 September 1927 – 4 April 2020) was a Tunisian designer and decorator.[2]

Menchari was born in Tunis in 1927.[3] Her father was a lawyer and her mother, Habiba Menchari, was known for her lectures on female empowerment. As a teenager, she met Jean and Violet Henson, who introduced Menchari to horticulture and helped her meet artists such as Man Ray, Jean Cocteau, Christian Bérard, and Serge Lifar.[4] In 1943, she entered the Tunis Institute of Fine Arts, and the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts in 1948.[5]

In Paris, Menchari met Azzedine Alaïa.[6] She also met Guy Laroche, who helped her become a star model. However, Menchari quit Laroche's business following the death of her mother and became the decorator for Hermès International headquarters on Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré. She worked for Hermès as a decorator for over fifty years. She also designed gloves, bags, and clothing, including a coat worn by actress María Félix. Her other responsibilities including supervising the factoring of glass manufacturer Saint-Louis.[7]

Leïla Menchari died on 4 April 2020 in Paris, France due to COVID-19.[8]

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