The Chiffon Trenches

The Chiffon Trenches

A Memoir

Book - 2020
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"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 André Leon Talley. During André Leon Talley's first magazine job assisting Andy Warhol at Interview, a fateful meeting with Karl Lagerfeld began a decade's long friendship with the enigmatic, often caustic designer. Propelled into the upper echelons by his knowledge and adoration of fashion, Talley 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 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 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. André Leon Talley's engaging memoir tells the story of how he not only survived but thrived--despite racism, illicit rumors, and all the other challenges of this notoriously cutthroat industry--to become one of the most legendary voices and faces in fashion"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, [2020]
ISBN: 9780593129258
0593129253
Branch Call Number: B TALLE-A 2020
Characteristics: xv, 284 pages : illustrations, 8 pages unnumbered plates ; 24 cm

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Donna_R Jan 31, 2021

Andre is very frank and himself in this book. It conveys a world of refined sensibility and taste. One of the themes that runs through is shifting friendships and moving allegiances. It's a compelling book for anyone who loves fashion. I also recommend the documentary The Gospel according to Andre.

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redtayres
Jan 18, 2021

Before this book went slightly off the rails near its end (into boring territory), I very much enjoyed it. I was busily logging names dropped for later look-up, so I could see what these folks looked like and what they wore. This is, after all, a book by the noted Andre Leon Talley, and so what is worn is paramount. But he also drops in a lot of stories and many about friendships that suddenly ceased. The excruciating pain of a severed friendship is felt acutely here as is the author's sad relationship with excess consumption. In all, despite his success I felt a sadness in the author and also a bitterness about the limitations in his many achievements, which he now attributes to race. Not a bad read if the fashion is your passion though it lags a bit in the final 50 pages.

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sjanke2
Jun 30, 2020

I've consumed Vogue since I was in junior high, and was ecstatic when I found out about this new memoir from André Leon Talley. ALT is the genius behind what we recognize as modern-day American Vogue, and overcame many personal, familial, relational, and societal barriers to become who we now adore.

Some memoirs fall flat because the book is co-written by a professional writer. That is not the case in The Chiffon Trenches. ALT was an editor and contributor at Vogue and other prestigious publications, and his talents shine here where he is free to communicate his truth with his readers.

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