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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • From the pages of Vogue to the runways of Paris, this “captivating” (Time) memoir by a legendary style icon captures the fashion world from the inside out, in its most glamorous and most cutthroat moments.

The Chiffon Trenches honestly and candidly captures fifty sublime years of fashion.”—Manolo Blahnik

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY NPR • Fortune Garden & Gun New York Post

During André Leon Talley’s first magazine job, alongside Andy Warhol at Interview, a fateful meeting with Karl Lagerfeld began a decades-long friendship with the enigmatic, often caustic designer. Propelled into the upper echelons by his knowledge and adoration of fashion, André moved to Paris as bureau chief of John Fairchild’s Women’s Wear Daily, befriending fashion's most important designers (Halston, Yves Saint Laurent, Oscar de la Renta). But as André made friends, he also made enemies. A racially tinged encounter with a member of the house of Yves Saint Laurent sent him back to New York and into the offices of Vogue under Grace Mirabella.
There, he eventually became creative director, developing an unlikely but intimate friendship with Anna Wintour. As she rose to the top of Vogue’s masthead, André also ascended, and soon became the most influential man in fashion.
The Chiffon Trenches offers a candid look at the who’s who of the last fifty years of fashion. At once ruthless and empathetic, this engaging memoir tells with raw honesty the story of how André not only survived the brutal style landscape but thrived—despite racism, illicit rumors, and all the other challenges of this notoriously cutthroat industry—to become one of the most renowned voices and faces in fashion.
Woven throughout the book are also André’s own personal struggles that impacted him over the decades, along with intimate stories of those he turned to for inspiration (Diana Vreeland, Diane von Fürstenberg, Lee Radziwill, to name a few), and of course his Southern roots and faith, which guided him since childhood.

The result is a highly compelling read that captures the essence of a world few of us will ever have real access to, but one that we all want to know oh so much more about.
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • From the pages of Vogue to the runways of Paris, this “captivating” (Time) memoir by a legendary style icon captures the fashion world from the inside out, in its most glamorous and most cutthroat moments.

The Chiffon Trenches honestly and candidly captures fifty sublime years of fashion.”—Manolo Blahnik

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY NPR • Fortune Garden & Gun New York Post

During André Leon Talley’s first magazine job, alongside Andy Warhol at Interview, a fateful meeting with Karl Lagerfeld began a decades-long friendship with the enigmatic, often caustic designer. Propelled into the upper echelons by his knowledge and adoration of fashion, André moved to Paris as bureau chief of John Fairchild’s Women’s Wear Daily, befriending fashion's most important designers (Halston, Yves Saint Laurent, Oscar de la Renta). But as André made friends, he also made enemies. A racially tinged encounter with a member of the house of Yves Saint Laurent sent him back to New York and into the offices of Vogue under Grace Mirabella.
There, he eventually became creative director, developing an unlikely but intimate friendship with Anna Wintour. As she rose to the top of Vogue’s masthead, André also ascended, and soon became the most influential man in fashion.
The Chiffon Trenches offers a candid look at the who’s who of the last fifty years of fashion. At once ruthless and empathetic, this engaging memoir tells with raw honesty the story of how André not only survived the brutal style landscape but thrived—despite racism, illicit rumors, and all the other challenges of this notoriously cutthroat industry—to become one of the most renowned voices and faces in fashion.
Woven throughout the book are also André’s own personal struggles that impacted him over the decades, along with intimate stories of those he turned to for inspiration (Diana Vreeland, Diane von Fürstenberg, Lee Radziwill, to name a few), and of course his Southern roots and faith, which guided him since childhood.

The result is a highly compelling read that captures the essence of a world few of us will ever have real access to, but one that we all want to know oh so much more about.
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        April 15, 2020
        The inimitable fashion veteran shares the scandals and name-dropping details of his sartorial career. Readers of Talley's debut memoir, A.L.T. (2003), will recognize the details of his Southern childhood and his grandmother's significant influence. Moving further forward in this volume, he delves into his later years and dishes the dirt on his many years at Vogue. In a conversational and earnest voice, the author chronicles his defining years learning under Diana Vreeland, who got him into "all the right parties," and his time at Interview magazine with an accommodating Andy Warhol. From there, Talley ascended to positions at Women's Wear Daily and Vogue, his "dream job," where he would spend decades weathering a "series of voyages" within a tumultuous business (and personal) relationship with the demanding and mercurial Anna Wintour. Other relationships were similarly tumultuous and unpredictable, including his four-decade friendship with Karl Lagerfeld, which instantly and cruelly dissolved when Lagerfeld simply "cut [Talley] out of his life." The author's writing becomes more animated when he describes more personal details--e.g., his coming-of-age on the New York party circuit in the halcyon late 1970s, when "everyone was high on coke and cock"; or his vulnerability regarding his weight and self-worth. Talley too-fleetingly addresses the sobering reality of the "subtle, casual jabs" of racism that he has experienced throughout his career. He does note how many editors with whom he worked failed to understand his perspective as a black professional in a predominantly white field or appreciate the cultural significance of events such as Beyonc�'s gracing the cover of Vogue in 2018. Though the text brims with gossipy anecdotes, Talley mixes the serious and the saucy with equal heft. Though his legacy speaks for itself, this balanced, entertaining memoir is dramatic proof in print. A heartfelt and often eyebrow-raising memoir perfect for armchair fashionistas or high-fashion insiders. (8-page full-color insert; b/w photos throughout)

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        April 1, 2020
        In his second memoir, with unguarded style, fashion journalist and curator Talley (A.L.T., 2003) details his historic and varied career. He moves mostly chronologically through a dizzying who's-who of the last half century in fashion, marking major breaks under Diana Vreeland at the Costume Institute, at Andy Warhol's Interview, and, eventually, with Anna Wintour at Vogue's helm. Shying from neither painful complications nor boundless praise, in turn, Talley opens up about his significant relationships with these mentors and friends and others, including Karl Lagerfeld and Lee Radziwell, to whom the book is dedicated. With great vulnerability, he also shares his longtime battle with weight, experiences of racism, and childhood trauma that led to struggles with romance. Draping difficulty in the title's chiffon, Talley describes splendid fashions (including his own trademark caftans) with vibrant specificity, and often relates being positively starstruck by the work and worlds he moves in, like the time he escorted Beyonc� into the Met Gala. Black-and-white photos dot the text, and finished books will include a glossy photo insert.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2020, American Library Association.)

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        September 25, 2020

        Longtime Vogue creative director Talley (A.L.T.: A Memoir) writes an eloquent insider's account of his influential time in the fashion world. Throughout, he discusses encounters with famous designers, as well as his support of underdogs such as John Galliano, whom he backed financially and helped launch a career-making fashion show, and maintaining a long friendship with the mercurial German designer Karl Lagerfeld. Juicy, behind-the-scenes stories of various creatives, their muses, and the models who wore these men's iconic designs fill this smorgasbord of insider accounts in a narrative that finely balances Talley's intellect and panache, traits he has come to be known for. Having to fight twice as hard for his position given his race and sexual orientation, Talley is a kingpin of fashion, as this account proves. VERDICT This memoir of Talley's life and the fingerprints he's left on the world of fashion will appeal to fashion lovers and fans of celebrity memoirs, as well as those who enjoy stories of hard-earned, well-deserved success.--Stacy Shaw, Denver

        Copyright 2020 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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The Chiffon Trenches honestly and candidly captures fifty sublime years of fashion.”—Manolo Blahnik

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY NPR • Fortune Garden & Gun New York Post

During André Leon Talley’s first magazine job, alongside Andy Warhol at Interview, a fateful meeting with Karl Lagerfeld began a decades-long friendship with the enigmatic, often caustic designer. Propelled into the upper echelons by his knowledge and adoration of fashion, André moved to Paris as bureau chief of John Fairchild’s Women’s Wear Daily, befriending...
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