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'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.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 304 pages
  • 159 x 240 x 29mm | 510g
  • FOURTH ESTATE LTD
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0008342342
  • 9780008342340
  • 463

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'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


'Through an enlightening narrative, Andre Leon Talley's The Chiffon Trenches 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


'Andre 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. 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


'Andre 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 & authentic self' Marc Benioff, New York Times bestselling author of Trailblazer
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About Andre Leon Talley

One of the most recognizable names and silhouettes in fashion journalism, Andre Leon Talley was the indomitable creative director at Vogue during the magazine's rising dominance as the world's fashion bible. Over the past five decades, his byline has also appeared in Vanity Fair, HG, Interview, and Women's Wear Daily. He has published several illustrated works, including Little Black Dress, ALT: 365, and Oscar de la Renta: His Legendary World of Style. A documentary of Talley's life, The Gospel According to Andre, was released in 2018. Talley received his MA in French studies from Brown, and has been on the board of trustees for the Savannah College of Art and Design for twenty years.
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