Harry Brant, a model, socialite, and the son of contemporary art collector and publishing magnate Peter Brant and his wife, supermodel Stephanie Seymour, has died at the age of 24. According to a statement released by his family, he was found dead of an accidental prescription drug overdose on Sunday. “Our hearts are shattered. Harry wanted to overcome his addiction and was just days away from re-entering rehab,” the statement read.
Harry and his older brother Peter Brant II, came to prominence as red-carpet regulars early in the 2010s, on the vanguard of a trend that brought an array of supermodels’ children, like Kaia Gerber and Sailor Brinkley Cook, to the runway. In 2015, Harry made his runway debut, walking for Balmain. The brothers also collaborated on two collections of unisex makeup with MAC Cosmetics.
Harry was born in 1996, a year after his parents wed in a ceremony in the French countryside. Seymour, one of the first Victoria’s Secret angels, wore a dress designed by Azzedine Alaïa, and Naomi Campbell served as a bridesmaid. Their father, the CEO of White Birch Paper and the owner of various magazines including Interview, grew up in Queens, where he was a childhood friend of Donald Trump.
Vanity Fair’s Nancy Jo Sales called the brothers “Little Lord Fauntleroys” in a 2012 profile, referring to Peter’s enthusiastic embrace of dandy style of the past. Though the brothers were close and something of a package deal, Harry told Sales that he thought their style was not too similar. “When I started really getting into fashion, I had, and still do, this obsession with mostly women’s clothes,” he said. “I think I just fell in love with the ideal of how iconic fashion is—especially how it used to be.” In the interview, Harry showed off his darkly comedic side, a love of bon mots, and admiration for Peter. “We have so many adventures,” he said of their time together.
He later told Vogue that he didn’t like the way he came off in the interview. “I speak in a very sarcastic tone, and most people know not to take my ramblings too seriously, but it created a nasty reputation that has been hard to shake,” he said. “That Little Lord Fauntleroy thing doesn’t represent who I am.”
Harry also shared his parent’s passion for contemporary art. “When I was growing up, my dad would take me through our house once a month and ask me the name of every artist of every painting,” he told Harper’s Bazaar in 2014. “If I got it right, I would get a dollar. I appreciate that now because I can walk through museums and recognize works and artists’ styles immediately.”
According to The New York Times, Harry attended Bard College but did not graduate. He began writing a column for Interview called “The Look.” In 2020, he returned to the magazine’s pages, speaking to Marc Jacobs, Kenny Scharf, and his own mother about her first Alaïa show. The Times reports that Harry planned to take on a larger role at the magazine in the future. In December, Harry and Peter appeared in a campaign for the up-and-coming Chinese beauty brand Perfect Diary.
After his death was announced, he was remembered on Instagram by a range of big names in fashion, including designers Roberto Cavalli and Olivier Theyskens, models Lexi Boling and Karen Elson, and stylist Carlyne Cerf de Dudzeele, according to Page Six.
“He achieved a lot in his 24 years, but we will never get the chance to see how much more Harry could have done,” his family said in their statement. “We will forever be saddened that his life was cut short by this devastating disease.”