Before there were supermodels, there was Dallasite Jan Strimple. In fact, she’s a fashion legend who has walked for more luxe designers and produced more fashion events than just about anyone. Here, her dear friend and our fashion follower Lance Avery Morgan catches up for a chat and a glass of bubbly to discuss what makes her tick.
Best career advice I’ve ever read was…Diana Vreeland’s “Give them what they don’t know they want.” Those bold words empowered me and I’ve embraced them as both my modeling and production style.
Moment I felt I’d made it was…In the early 80s, I stepped off the plane in Paris and was immediately driven to a casting for the Haute Couture show of Yves Saint Laurent. In those 80s the fashion world was in the habit of embracing YSL’s new “it girl” of the season, as he always thought for himself and cast against the mainstream model look of the times. Being selected by Yves Saint Laurent to walk his Haute Couture runway was the equivalent of a Michelin Chef receiving his 3rd star. I knew I had made it!
First album I bought was…Cheap Thrills by Big Brother and The Holding Company featuring Janis Joplin.
If I could live in a foreign city it would be…Anywhere in Italy. The Italian approach to life, food and family resonate with me.
What everyone/woman should try in her lifetime is…Honesty. Everywhere. At all times. Always wrapped in love and shared with heartfelt good intention.
The beauty essential you’d have to pry out of my cold dry hands is…Crème de la Mer original moisturizer.
My style icon is…Currently, it’s Daphne Guinness. In the past it’s been Marlene Dietrich. Their styles both embody the perfect balance between male and female lines and aesthetics. They never choose garments that play the victim and instead, their choices have always been exhilarating.
My personal style signifier is…Statement rings. A great ring makes my heart race.
A recent find is…A jet black Issey Miyake skirt that closely resembles a lampshade, from my pal Ken Weber at Vintage Martini in Dallas.
An object I would never part with is…My husband Dan. Does he qualify?
Classic film I feel has a very fashionable point of view…Is the little-known What a Way to Go with Shirley MacLaine that is silly fun. Edith Head’s costumes are over the top in it.
My perfect day would end…With my Dan at my side, a bottle of Pianetta’s 2013 Syrah, gazing out over a body of water and watching a storm approach.