The Chiffon Trenches: A Memoir

The Chiffon Trenches: A Memoir by Andr Leon Talley 059312927X 9780593129272
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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 Andr Leon Talleys 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, Andr moved to Paris as bureau chief of John Fairchilds Womens Wear Daily, befriending fashions most important designers (Halston, Yves Saint Laurent, Oscar de la Renta). But as Andr 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 Vogues masthead, Andr also ascended, and soon became the most influential man in fashion.

The Chiffon Trenches offers a candid look at the whos who of the last fifty years of fashion. At once ruthless and empathetic, this engaging memoir tells with raw honesty the story of how Andr 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 Andrs own personal struggles that have impacted him over the decades, along with intimate stories of those he has turned to for inspiration (Diana Vreeland, Diane von Frstenberg, Lee Radziwill, to name a few), and of course his Southern roots and ongoing faith, which have 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.

The Chiffon Trenches: A Memoir

Author: Andr Leon Talley

Language: English

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 304

Publisher: Ballantine Books

Publication Date: 2021-04-27


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