The Chiffon Trenches

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The Chiffon Trenches
Author: Andre Leon Talley
Rating: 3.79
Bestsellers Rate: 4071
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Book Format: Hardback
Binding: Твердый
Pages: 304
Hours of reading: 5.1 hours
Publication Date: 2021
Languages: | English |
Price: 21,20 €

About the book

'Honestly and candidly captures fifty sublime years of fashion' Manolo Blahnik Discover what truly happens behind the scenes in the world of high fashion in this detailed, storied memoir from style icon, bestselling author and former Vogue creative director Andre Leon Talley. During Andre Leon Talley's first magazine job assisting Andy Warhol at Interview, a fateful meeting with Karl Lagerfeld began a decades-long friendship and propelled Talley into the upper echelons by virtue of his shared knowledge and adoration of fashion. He moved to Paris as bureau chief of John Fairchild's Women's Wear Daily, befriending fashion's most important designers. But as Talley made friends, he also made enemies. A fraught 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 developed an unlikely but intimate friendship with Anna Wintour, and as she rose to the top of Vogue's masthead, Talley became the most influential man in fashion. The Chiffon Trenches is a candid look at the who's who of the last fifty years of fashion, and proof that fact is always fascinatingly more devilish than fiction. Andre Leon Talley's engaging memoir tells the story of how he not only survived but thrived - despite racism, illicit rumours and all the other challenges of this notoriously cutthroat industry - to become one of the most legendary voices and faces in fashion.




'What he gives us, ultimately, is a circus the likes of which, given present circumstances, we may never see again. My advice is to do as I did: apply a good squirt of Fracas to your wrists, and sit back and enjoy the lunatic ride' Observer, Book of the Week 'Ideal reading material for anyone who found The Devil Wears Prada addictive but now needs a stronger hit. It is brimful of toxic behaviour and noxious values, which makes it perfect consolation, too, for lockdown' Daily Telegraph 'Such stories about the fashion greats make for perfect lockdown gossip ... the lid has been lifted' Sunday Times 'A memoir on thriving and surviving the cut-throat fashion industry amid racism and homophobia, The Chiffon Trenches charts Talley's rise from humble beginnings to becoming one of the most influential men in fashion. From Talley's first job assisting Andy Warhol at a fashion magazine, to his friendships with the late Karl Lagerfeld and Anna Wintour, The Chiffon Trenches makes for captivating reading for fashion fans and beyond' Another Magazine 'Honestly and candidly captures 50 sublime years of fashion. Talley's unrivalled 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 'A riveting, enthralling, and heartbreaking read ... Andre 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, New York Magazine '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 & authentic self' Marc Benioff, New York Times bestselling author of Trailblazer

Andre Leon Talley Biography

André Leon Talley (October 16, 1948 – January 18, 2022) was an American fashion journalist, stylist, creative director, and editor-at-large of Vogue magazine. He was the magazine's fashion news director from 1983 to 1987, its first African-American male creative director from 1988 to 1995, and then its editor-at-large from 1998 to 2013. Often regarded as a fashion icon, he was known for supporting emerging designers and advocating for diversity in the fashion industry; while the capes, kaftans, and robes he wore became his trademark look. Talley also served on the judging panel for America's Next Top Model (from Cycle 14 to Cycle 17). He also authored three books, including the memoir The Chiffon Trenches, which landed on The New York Times Best Seller list; and co-authored a book with Richard Bernstein. Talley was the editor-at-large of Numéro Russia in 2013, before resigning due to anti-LGBT laws in Russia. He additionally worked stints with Andy Warhol at Interview, Women's Wear Daily, W, Ebony and The New York Times. He once served as a stylist for United States President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama during their time in the White House; as well as styling Melania Trump for her 2005 wedding to Donald Trump. In 2020, France awarded him the Chevalier de l'ordre des Arts et des Lettres honor for arts and letters; and the following year he received the North Carolina Award for his role in literature. He was featured in the documentaries The First Monday in May and The September Issue, and was the subject of the documentary, The Gospel According to André directed by Kate Novack.

Early life and education

Talley was born on October 16, 1948, in Washington, D.C., the son of Alma Ruth Davis and William Carroll/Caro Talley, a taxi driver. At least one of his grandfathers was a sharecropper, and his maternal grandfather, John Davis, had fought in WWI in France. His parents left him to be raised by his maternal grandmother, Binnie Francis Davis, who worked as a cleaning lady at Duke University, in Durham, North Carolina. Talley credited her for giving him an "understanding of luxury" and stated, following her death, "I miss her almost every day."He grew up in the Jim Crow era South, where segregation defined social boundaries. He said, "For a long time my grandmother would not allow white people to come into our house. That was her rule. The only white man who ever came into the house was the coroner." His early love of fashion was nurtured by his grandmother and further cultivated upon his discovery of Vogue magazine at a local library at the age of nine or ten.Talley was educated at Hillside High School, graduating in 1966, and North Carolina Central University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in French literature in 1970. He won a scholarship to Brown University, where he earned a Master of Arts in French literature in 1972. At Brown, he wrote a thesis on the influence of black women on Charles Baudelaire and initia ... Read full biography

Authors: Andre Leon Talley
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Languages: | English |
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ISBN13: 9780008342340
ISBN10: 0008342342
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Book Format: Hardback
Book Binding: Твердый
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Pages: 304
Book Weight: 510
Book Dimensions: 159x240x29
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Publication date: May 28, 2020
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Publication City/Country: London, United Kingdom

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