The Chiffon Trenches
From the pages of Vogue to the runways of Paris, this deeply revealing 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 BlahnikDuring Andr� 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, Andr� 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 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 Vogue's masthead, Andr� 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 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 Andr�'s 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 F�rstenberg, 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 Details

TitleThe Chiffon Trenches
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseApr 28th, 2020
PublisherBallantine Books
ISBN-139780593129258
Rating
GenreAutobiography, Memoir, Couture, Fashion, Nonfiction, Biography, Biography Memoir, American, Southern, New York, Cultural, African American

The Chiffon Trenches Review

  • Autumn
    January 1, 1970
    ALT's memoir is a courtier's diary of late 20th and early 20th-century high fashion. An insider who is nevertheless always acutely aware of his position at court, as well as his humble roots, Talley provides a double (triple? quadruple?)-consciousness perspective on this exclusive, tiny, and high-flown world ruled entirely by taste that absolutely no one else could provide. Essential fashion, publishing, and North Carolina history. Also, the sentence "My favorite retreat was the city library in ALT's memoir is a courtier's diary of late 20th and early 20th-century high fashion. An insider who is nevertheless always acutely aware of his position at court, as well as his humble roots, Talley provides a double (triple? quadruple?)-consciousness perspective on this exclusive, tiny, and high-flown world ruled entirely by taste that absolutely no one else could provide. Essential fashion, publishing, and North Carolina history. Also, the sentence "My favorite retreat was the city library in downtown Durham, North Carolina" pierced my heart, as somebody who worked there with hundreds of beautiful, creative, and fierce kids like ALT.
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  • Angelique
    January 1, 1970
    I received a copy of The Chiffon Trenches by Andre' Leon Talley from the author/publisher through NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion. I am not required to write a positive review. This is Andre's story of his time as a fashion trailblazer. He gives meticulous details of his time with both designers and models who set the tone for today's fashion iconic brands. He is transparent and emotional in the telling of how a kid from the south transcended race and class to hobnob with the upper I received a copy of The Chiffon Trenches by Andre' Leon Talley from the author/publisher through NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion. I am not required to write a positive review. This is Andre's story of his time as a fashion trailblazer. He gives meticulous details of his time with both designers and models who set the tone for today's fashion iconic brands. He is transparent and emotional in the telling of how a kid from the south transcended race and class to hobnob with the upper echelon of high fashion. From Yves Saint Laurent to Tom Ford he gives insight into the different demons that these artistic talents ran from. Andre is a sensitive soul who wanted to create a world that he would feel safe in. Fashion gave him that. Rubbing shoulders with others who accepted him as he was bolstered his confidence allowing him to reach the highest rank possible in that world. My favorite part of the book was the love he had for the women who took the time to instill in him self worth and self assurance. Not allowing his childhood trauma to hinder him or reject loving relationships is exemplary and admirable. I am glad I read this book. I learned about an African American man who is still influential socially and fashionably. I am more aware of the people behind the brands and have more respect for what they had to go through to get to where they are.
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  • Paula Pergament
    January 1, 1970
    One of the leading voices in the fashion word, Mr. Talley offers readers poignant insights into his experiences in the fashion world, his personal demons, and the diversity issues the fashion world has not dealt with. This is a wonderfully written memoir in which Mr. Talley lays bare his weaknesses for food, why he does not have a romantic partner, and the abuse he endured in childhood. Through his own hard work, diplomacy and scholarship, Mr. Talley's success as one of the few people of color One of the leading voices in the fashion word, Mr. Talley offers readers poignant insights into his experiences in the fashion world, his personal demons, and the diversity issues the fashion world has not dealt with. This is a wonderfully written memoir in which Mr. Talley lays bare his weaknesses for food, why he does not have a romantic partner, and the abuse he endured in childhood. Through his own hard work, diplomacy and scholarship, Mr. Talley's success as one of the few people of color in the fashion industry in the 1970s and 1980s was groundbreaking. His forthrightness about his friendships with Anna Wintour and Karl Lagerfeld, two of the most powerful figures in fashion history, are honest, as are Mr. Talley's humble admissions about his own sense of imposter syndrome. Here is a brilliant scholar of fashion and fashion history giving his perspective of an impenetrable world.
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  • Kathleen Gray
    January 1, 1970
    A must read for every fan of fashion, reader of Vogue, or anyone looking for a fascinating biography. Talley has always seemed larger than life- he's such a huge figure in the fashion business, full of drama and style. What I never knew was his back story (for want of a better description). This made me appreciate him even more. It's often hard to review memoirs because it feels as though you're casting judgment on an individual's life and choices. That's not the case here. Talley has carefully A must read for every fan of fashion, reader of Vogue, or anyone looking for a fascinating biography. Talley has always seemed larger than life- he's such a huge figure in the fashion business, full of drama and style. What I never knew was his back story (for want of a better description). This made me appreciate him even more. It's often hard to review memoirs because it feels as though you're casting judgment on an individual's life and choices. That's not the case here. Talley has carefully woven his own story and illuminated the dark corners of the fashion world. You know he's only touched the surface of what he knows and that's ok. He's exposed things but it's important to note that he isn't bitter only honest, You won't read Vogue or look at high fashion the same way. Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC. Amazing.
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  • Rachel
    January 1, 1970
    This was a light yet highly enjoyable read. I know how knowledgeable and revered ALT is amongst his peers, but didn't know any of the background of how this came to be or how truly admired he was amid notable fashion icons most of which were lifelong friends. Reading about his forty year friendship with Lagerfeld was truly fascinating as I didn't know about it previously.If you are intrigued by or engrossed with the fashion industry, there are some fantastic stories within these pages. A This was a light yet highly enjoyable read. I know how knowledgeable and revered ALT is amongst his peers, but didn't know any of the background of how this came to be or how truly admired he was amid notable fashion icons most of which were lifelong friends. Reading about his forty year friendship with Lagerfeld was truly fascinating as I didn't know about it previously.If you are intrigued by or engrossed with the fashion industry, there are some fantastic stories within these pages. A dazzling insider view of some of the most synonymous names in fashion. As well as great commentary on the current world of fashion (which I hadn't considered before) and the 'use and abuse' culture of fashion print media.
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  • Vnunez-Ms_luv2read
    January 1, 1970
    What an interesting read of an interesting man. Well written and a pleasure to read. Very lovely pictures also. If you like to read about designers, various fashion publications and how they all shaped Mr. Talley, this is the book for you. Will not disappoint. Thanks to Netgalley, the author and the publisher for the arc of this book in return for my honest review. Receiving the book in this manner had no bearing on this review.
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  • Alex Giorgio-Rubin
    January 1, 1970
    A fascinating look into the world of fashion and Vogue magazine. Talley spills the tea and dishes out the shade like only he, a man of so many firsts, can. Talley dishes on icons like Anna Wintour and Karl Lagerfeld. This book is going to make for a hot summer read.
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  • Mitzi
    January 1, 1970
    Everyone knows this man's name but you don't know his story...so here it is...in his own words. I devoured this book. He is an absolute fashion icon and this is a look behind the curtain. I loved it!!!*NetGalley provided a copy for my honest review* I HONESTLY LOVED IT!!!
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  • Cathy M.
    January 1, 1970
    This was a fascinating read about the high fashion world over the past 50 years, but also about ALTs life and how things in our childhood shape us forever. I received a publishers advance copy and highly recommend reading it when it comes out. This was a fascinating read about the high fashion world over the past 50 years, but also about ALT’s life and how things in our childhood shape us forever. I received a publisher’s advance copy and highly recommend reading it when it comes out.
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