Tim Gunn Saw Anna Wintour Get Carried Down Stairs


We love Tim Gunn for a variety of reasons. To whit: his inner comic book nerd, his championing of the Garment District, and the fact that he just doesn’t seem to be scared of anyone — not even fashion’s favorite villain, Anna Wintour. According to a juicy tidbit in Gunn’s new book “Gunn’s Golden Rules”, the Project Runway mentor once witnessed Ms. Wintour being carried down five flights of stairs by her bodyguards.

Gunn claims the salacious encounter occurred at Peter Som‘s 2006 fashion show at New York’s Metropolitan Pavilion.

“I was with a colleague from Parsons, and we had been discussing the will-she-or-won’t-she-take-the-elevator question, so we ran over to the elevator bay to see if Anna would deign to get on. She wasn’t there. Then we looked over the stairway railing. And what did we see but Anna being carried down the stairs. The bodyguards had made a fireman’s lock and were racing her from landing to landing. She was sitting on their crossed arms.”

And in a move that confirms Gunn as a man after our own hearts, he even ran over to the window “to see if they would put her down on the sidewalk or carry her to the car like that.” Unsurprisingly (though perhaps somewhat hard to swallow), Gunn writes, “They carried her to the car. And I thought: I will never forget this.”

But as hilarious an image as the above story is, it’s Tim Gunn’s tale of Andre Leon Talley‘s totally unsurprising divaliciousness at a panel that same year that had us rolling on the floor.

After hearing that Leon-Talley refused to sound check, Gunn writes that he found the Vogue editor-at-large in the green room, where “someone [had] spread a translucent barber’s bib over [him]… arms at his sides. He’s being fed grapes and cubes of cheese one by one, like a bird in a nest.”

For their part, Vogue told Page Six, “Tim Gunn has a very vivid imagination. There is no truth to any of this.”

What do you think?

[via Page Six.]

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