Lucille Reader wearing Diane Pernet photo by Paul Laster

Dear Shaded Viewers,

Last week I received a comment on one of my posts from a model that I used in the 80’s, Luci Reader. At that time Neke Carson had a New Wave modeling agency, LaRocka, founded in the late 70’s. Neke Carson opened for Janis Joplin in the late 60’s and we met in 1979 when he founded “LaRocka” and had as models Anne Carlisle, writer and principal actress from Liquid Sky, I booked Anne as a model but she arrived the day of the show so late that I sent her home and Mario Van Peebles and Benjamin Liu. Benjamin was also in Liquid Sky and wrote a book on Andy Warhol. That was the beginning of my design career and I used a lot of Neke’s models way back when.. His brother Kit Carson was married to the actress Karen Black and had produced or directed the not so great 1983 re-make of Breathless starring Richard Gere.

Here Luci Reader, or Lucille as I used to call her, is wearing the first dress that I ever designed and the photo is by my upstairs neighbor back in the days when I lived in the West Village, Paul Laster, now the editor of Artkrush. Funnily enough, we ran into each other for the first time in decades at the Tribeca Grand the night before the You Wear it Well 2 screening last month. Lucille was one of the models in the fashion show in Liquid Sky, the 1982 cult film directed by Slava Tsukerman.

Luci Reader in DP



Diane Pernet

A LEGENDARY FIGURE IN FASHION and a pioneer of blogging, Diane is a respected journalist, critic, curator and talent-hunter based in Paris. During her prolific career, she designed her own successful brand in New York, costume designer, photographer, and filmmaker.