Tara Lyn Subkoff is an American actress and fashion designer. She has acted in over a dozen movies, most recently 2006's The Notorious Bettie Page.
Subkoff was born in Westport, Connecticut and attended Otis Parsons school for less than a year before dropping out. She appeared in Blondie's 2003 music video for "Good Boys."
Subkoff and Matthew Damhave were co-founders of the clothing line Imitation Of Christ, which remade old clothes into new works of fashion. They named their fashion line after the 15th century book of the same name by Thomas a Kempis. Chloë Sevigny was creative director of the line and Scarlett Johansson walked the runway in Subkoff's designs, and she recently collaborated with shoe company Easy Spirit. In reference to the collection's Spring 2003 show, Laird Borelli writing for Vogue magazine's Style.com observed, "Like all IOC events, the spring show, billed as a 'retrospective,' was more about performance art and cultural theory than clothes. On the ground floor, topless models in very abbreviated shorts pranced around while pushing shiny vacuum cleaners (very David LaChapelle meets Vanessa Beecroft)". Artnet magazine also mused whether this show was an "Imitation of Beecroft."
Subkoff showed her line rather unexpectedly at Paris Couture in 2005, and the reception was warm. But in 2007, Subkoff sold the label to Josh Sparks, the former chief executive of the Australian label Sass & Bide, for a reported $2 million. There was speculation as to how Sparks and new designer Kasia Bilinski would reinvent the wheel with both Imitation of Christ and the label’s secondary line, Imitation. Without much time to execute, in 2008, the label—like the economy—went kaput.
Tara has been romantically linked to Anton Newcombe of the band Brian Jonestown Massacre, Jimmy Fallon and, most recently, film director Wes Anderson.
In July of 2009, it was revealed that she was suffering from a benign brain tumor. Although it is not malignant, if it is not removed, it will continue to grow and will become lethal in another two years. She will have major neurosurgery within the next few weeks to remove the tumor. Since the delicate and invasive procedure is very expensive and she'll be out of work in rehab for about a year, an auction benefit is planned to defray the expenses.
Often described as "painfully hip," the Imitation of Christ line. The label aims to "transform undesirables into desirables;" in other words, to restore old pieces of clothing into beautiful, fashionable new ones.
Lindsay Lohan, Scarlett Johansson