Althea Harper and Christopher Straub at Project Runway luncheon October 2009
|Education||University of Cincinnati DAAP program|
|Television||Project Runway Season 6 (2nd)|
Althea Campbell Harper (born October 5, 1984) is an American fashion designer. She was a contestant on Season 6 of Project Runway in which she finished as the runner up. Harper was born in Dayton, Ohio. She graduated from Oakwood High School with honors, and attended the University of Cincinnati’s DAAP program. While at University, Harper interned with notable fashion designers Anna Sui, and Zac Posen, in NYC, she also lived in London interning with Alexander McQueen, and Vivienne Westwood. Harper was picked, as an intern at McQueen, to aid with the Paris Fashion Show which she did attend as staff. While interning in London U.K. she also took classes at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design.
After graduation from college Harper tried out for Project Runway. On the show her designs have received much praise from industry leaders. According to Tim Gunn, former chair of fashion design at Parsons The New School for Design and host of Project Runway, “Everyone [thinks] she’s only on the show because she’s a tall blond beauty. But she’s extremely talented. She’s going to blow people away.” Harper won two challenges a.) What a Woman Wants: where she designed an outfit for her model Tanisha Harper. b.) The Best of the Best: where she designed a companion piece to her previous win. Harper also had three highs during the season. In one episode, Fashion Headliners guest judge Tommy Hilfiger praised her work as ‘genius‘.
She was one of the contestants on Project Runway Allstars: Season 2, but was eliminated and finished in 8th place.
After Project Runway
Since Project Runway Harper has continued to be a strong force in the fashion industry. Harper moved to New York City and began working as a knitwear designer for Tory Burch, while continuing to work on her self named line. In Sept. of 2009 she presented her 2010 Spring collection ’Assimilation’ during Fashion Week and in Feb. 2010 she presented her 2010 Fall collection to rave reviews. She has dressed Kourtney Kardashian as well as Kim Kardashian for the promotional image of Season 5 of Keeping Up with the Kardashians. Harper now works full-time on her eponymous collection.
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