Althea Harper is a fashion designer and entrepreneur who manages her own women’s fashion line ALTHEA HARPER, children’s line LILIAS & LOVE and is head designer of MIRA RAE. With a cutting edge style that combines both tailoring and draping to make silhouettes appear strong and beautiful, Althea Harper is one of the breakthrough fashion designers in today’s industry. Her style reflects her experience working alongside numerous renowned designers, including Anna Sui, Zac Posen, Alexander McQueen and Vivienne Westwood. She is also known for her unique work in knitwear. Althea is poised to dress the women of today for tomorrow. 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.”
She’s extremely talented. She’s going to blow people away.
— Tim Gunn
Althea’s designs have won the attention of many people, including passionate Project Runway fans and the entertainment industry’s most respected personalities. Bloggers and fans have affectionately labeled her the “fabulous glamazon” and Tommy Hilfiger called her “genius.” Heidi Klum, Eva Longoria, Kerry Washington, the Kardashians and Angela Simmons are all fans of her designs.
Althea attended both University of Cincinnati School of Design, Art, Architecture and Planning and Central Saint Martins in London. Following graduation she became a finalist on Project Runway Season 6. Upon completion of filming Project Runway, Althea moved to New York City where Tory Burch invited her to become a part of the label’s design team. While designing for Tory Burch, she continued to build her own line, self-titled ALTHEA HARPER which was shown consistently in New York fashion week since its debut in September 2009 until she moved back to the Midwest with her husband and daughter. Althea now currently lives in her hometown, Dayton, Ohio, where she enjoys juggling motherhood and designing.