She briefly modeled for the designer Guy Laroche before joining the decoration team at Hermès in 1961. She was appointed director of window displays and, in 1978, of the silk colors committee, which determines the palette for each season of the brand’s scarves.
She was also instrumental in bringing such Tunisian fashion talents as the designer Azzedine Alaïa to France.
She retired in 2013.
“When designing a scene, there must always be some mystery, because mystery is a springboard to dreams,” Ms. Menchari told Vogue Arabia in an interview in 2017. “Mystery is an invitation to fill in the gaps left by the imagination.”
Article source: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/06/obituaries/leila-menchari-dead-coronavirus.html