Saturday, 3 March 2012

Gia Marie Carangi & the Terrence Higgins Trust Gala Auction 19 March @ Christies! Xx

So this week I watched the
movie GIA starring Angelina Jolie
- it is the most Amazing Film!

Gia Marie Carangi (January 29, 1960 – November 18, 1986)
 was an American fashion model during the late 1970s and early 1980s.

Rosie Vela, Gia Marie Carangi and Jerry Hall 
for a Versace Ad in 1979
check this flickr link for more pictures
 Carangi was considered by some to be the first supermodel,
 although that title has also been given to others, 
including Janice Dickinson, Jean Shrimpton,
 Dorian Leigh and Cindy Crawford 
who also appeared on the covers of fashion 
publications during her time, was later referred to 
as “Baby Gia” due to her resemblance to Carangi - (see below).

Cindy Crawford on 80s Vogue Covers

Carangi was on Vogue Covers
 including Vogue, April 1, 1979;Vogue Paris, April 1979;
American Vogue, August 1980; Vogue Paris, August 1980;
Italian Vogue, January 1981

Gia on Vogue 

and several issues of 
Cosmopolitan between 1979 and 1982.


Carangi was born in Philadelphia, Pennysylvania. 
In high school, Carangi bonded 
with “the Bowie kids”—a group of obsessive David Bowie fans like her. 
They loved Bowie’s “defiantly weird, high-glam” style.

After being featured in Philadelphia newspaper ads, 
Carangi moved to New York City at the age of 17, 
where she quickly rose to fame. 
She was a favorite model of various fashion photographers,
 including Francesco Scavullo (below) 

Arthur Elgort, Albert Watson, Helmut Newton, Richard Avedon, 
Denis Piel, and Chris von Wangenheim.

In October 1978, Carangi did her first major shoot with 
top fashion photographer Chris von Wangenheim (see below) 

Where she met Make up Artist Sandy Linter

Gia and Sandy Linter 
Photographer Chris von Wangenheim

Gia and  Sandy Linter

Sandy Linter now
check her website 

By the end of 1978, Carangi was already a well-established model. 

In a 20/20interview, she said her rise was “awfully” fast: 
“I started working with well-known people in the industry, very quickly.
 I didn’t build into a model. I just sort of became one.”
Carangi was a regular at Ian Shrager's Studio 54
 and the Mudd Club. 
Carangi's real struggle with drugs began 
on March 1 1980 when Carangi’s agent, 
Wilhelmina Cooper died of lung cancer, as she had been
very close to Wilhelmina.

After she became addicted to heroin, 
Carangi's modeling career rapidly declined. 

Carangi became infected with HIV 
and was diagnosed with AIDS 
which was a newly recognized disease at the time. 
As her condition worsened, 
she was transferred to Philadelphia's Hahnemann University Hospital.
Her mother stayed with her day and night, allowing virtually no visitors.
Carangi died on November 18, 1986, aged 26. 

A biography of Carangi by Stephen Fried called 
Thing of Beauty 
 was published in 1993.

A biographical film, Gia, debuted on HBO in 1998.

Angelina Jolie starred in the title role, 
She won a Golden Globe award for the role.
                        A documentary entitled The Self-Destruction of Gia 2003 
including footage of Carangi, actress screenwriter Tamerlis 
who had been working on the film since 1996, photographers, 
Carangi’s family, and Sandy Linter discussing her life. 

More Pictures of Gia

Picture: Helmut Newton

On 19th March Terrence Higgins Trust's Lighthouse has their Gala Auction
sponsored by Prudential plc
on Monday 19th March from 6.30pm
at Christie’s, 8 King Street, London SW1Y 6QT

This year, the auction will include stunning artworks 
by Tracey Emin (who has donated one of her famous neons), 
Antony Gormley, Alison Jackson, Michael Craig Martin, 
and Rachel Whiteread. 

Luxury holidays to Los Angeles and the Maldives, 
a supporting artist role in the final series of Poirot,
an opportunity to spend the day sea fishing with Dermot O’Leary, 
before cooking up the catch of the day together in his 
Brighton restaurant Fishy Fishy
dinner at The Goring with Downton Abbey 
creator Julian Fellowes, a black cab tour of 
Fleet Street with queen of the media Janet Street-Porter
and a private screening of the new James Bond 
movie Skyfall on the same night 
as its London premiere are 
just a few of 'the money-can't-buy' experiences that
will go under the hammer that night

As well as the' money-can’t-buy' auction, 
guests will also have the chance to indulge themselves 
in the ‘Box of Delights’, our luxury raffle supported by Tateossian.
 With gifts from top brands, and with every one a winner, 
you’re sure to not be disappointed.

Since its launch in 1997, the annual event has 
raised over £2 million for Terrence Higgins Trust 
and is one of the highlights of London’s social calendar.
It has attracted celebrity supporters including Tracey Emin,
 Neve Campbell, Jerry Hall, Tamara Ecclestone,
 Joan Rivers, and Jasmine Guinness.

Here is the link to book tickets and the Tateossian Raffle

Until next time  J Xx

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