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- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0593129253
- Publisher: Ballantine Books (May 19, 2020)
- Publication Date: May 19, 2020
- Sold by: Random House LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07XJKHQCX
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“André Leon Talley’s fantastic memoir, The Chiffon Trenches, is a riveting, enthralling, and heartbreaking read, tracing the incredible arc of his life from growing up in the Jim Crow South to what it took for him to come to New York and, thanks to his vast talent and work ethic, gain the respect and recognition of the legends of his day, including Diana Vreeland, Andy Warhol, Karl Lagerfeld, and Anna Wintour. André has lived life at the epicenter of the most glamourous worlds of fashion in both Paris and New York; and now this book is one more chapter in his amazing legacy.”—Wendy Goodman, design editor of New York
“André Leon Talley is the imminent fashion historian of his generation. His rare quality of mind and the depth of his knowledge infuse The Chiffon Trenches of his legendary career with a spirited voice, keen sensibility, and cultural intellect. The poly-sonic narrative incorporates histories of styles and collections; reveals fashion politics imbued with racism, power plays, fears, and ignorance; and describes with compelling honesty the impact of these forces on his black body.”—Dr. Janis A. Mayes, African/Diasporan Francophone Studies, Syracuse University
“The Chiffon Trenches chronicles the remarkable life of trailblazing fashion icon André Leon Talley as he breaks new ground in an industry rife with racism, prejudice, and bias. An honest, candid memoir full of vulnerable and authentic reflections on some of the most historic fashion moments of the twentieth century. A diorama of fashion royalty populates this intelligent memoir by an inimitable legend.”—Darren Walker, president of the Ford Foundation
“I literally could not stop reading The Chiffon Trenches—I started reading in the afternoon and finished the same evening. Everyone in the fashion world will be reading this book—whether they admit it or not.”—Dr. Valerie Steele, director and chief curator of the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology
“André Leon Talley has transcended the fashion industry by showing each of us how he has tamed his own genius to become a one-of-a-kind unique leader. Read this book if you want to be entertained, educated, enlightened, and most of all taught how to step out of the crowd to become your own true and authentic self.”—Marc Benioff, chairman and owner of Time
“Talley’s unrivaled knowledge, extraordinary eye for spotting raw talent, and ‘ahead of the curve’ ability to clearly define what makes a good dress draws you in from page one. An insightful and intelligent read, conveyed in a way only he could.”—Manolo Blahnik
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Talley lived with his grandmother and great grandmother in Durham, NC. His parents left them there while they went back to DC to find jobs and move on with life. His parents visited often, but there was no real connection. He knew his mother loved him, but did not like him. His father showered him with expensive presents. It was his grandmothers who gave him love, good homemade food everyday and religion. Life revolves around the church. Leon developed a taste of fashion as a young boy, reading all the books and magazines in the library. He had a fascination with the rich, and in particular Jackie Kennedy. The black community loved Jack Kennedy as President and followed Jackie Kennedy’s fashion. Her flair for the French grew with Leon, and he studied French in college . He received a scholarship for graduate studies at Brown. Here he met the kind of people he admired, those with style and money. Through these people he became an intern with Diana Vreeland, and then moved up through the fashion world.
The two most important people in Leon’s life beside his family are Anna Wintour and Karl Lagerfeld. Both of these people larger than life, accepted Leon into their lives and inexplicitly rejected him. These hurts will probably never heal, and they have left Leon Tally a wounded man. Was it is weight, his looks, his blackness or had he just outlasted his usefulness? Hurtful and so unnecessary according to Leon, just speak to him and tell the truth. His life with the high and mighty, the pinnacle of his career, is of interest. But it was his climb up, using his talents that pushed him to the forefront.
Recommended. prisrob 05-19-2020
Okay, if you’re familiar at all with high fashion since the early 1970’s, you’ll know most of the people Talley writes about. We may get a picture of Vogue magazine’s editor, Anna Wintour at this event or another, being escorted by a very tall, graying, obese man wearing beautiful caftans. That man is ALT, who has been writing for and photographing fashion for Vogue, as well as other magazines and newspapers since 1970. He’s an excellent writer, by the way.
And along with his work in the editorial world of fashion, he befriended and was befriended by most of the heavy hitters in his world. He was best buddies with Karl Lagerfeld...until he wasn’t. Same with his deep friendship with Wintour...”until he wasn’t”. Talley doesn’t stint in his description of what it takes both professionally and personally in this world, which I won’t describe as “fake”, though you might after reading the book.
But he counters tales of the fashion world with those of his birth and childhood in Durham, North Carolina. Raised by his grandmother, who inculcated in her grandson the virtues of singing the love of the Lord loudly when in church and doing the Lord’s work when not there.
ALT is a very discreet writer for someone dishing the dirt. For everyone he tangled with, there were ten Big Names he adored - and who adored him back. But then there was Anna Wintour. I almost felt sorry for him when he lost Wintour’s patronage and friendship. But the book is more about Andre Leon Talley and the good times.
By the way, if you have the time and interest, you might want to read Talley’s first memoir, “ALT”, which was published around 2003.