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Andre Leon Talley’s official memoir is selling online after news broke of the fashion editor’s death on Tuesday night. First released in May 2020, “The Chiffon Trenches: A Memoir” is currently number one on Amazon’s fashion bestseller chart, although only the paperback and audiobook versions are still available at this time. day (the hardcover version is out of print).
If you want to buy André Leon Talley’s memoir online, your best bet is to get the paperback version from Amazon here. You can also read Talley’s book with a free trial on Kindle or listen to it as an audiobook with a free trial on Audible here.
From his difficult childhood in North Carolina to his walk on the catwalks of Paris, Talley’s memoir is more than a rags-to-riches tale – rather, it’s an intimate portrait of someone who fell in love with the fashion from an early age and who was determined to succeed in the industry against all odds.
“The Chiffon Trenches” charts the journey of Talley, who grew up in Durham, North Carolina, to rise through the ranks of the fashion world, before becoming creative director at vogue — one of the publication’s most prestigious nominations. Working alongside Anna Wintour, Talley became the magazine’s first black creative director and one of the few black editors in the entire industry. Her presence is credited with helping to usher in a new emphasis on diversity and representation, while inspiring a new generation of black designers, models and writers.
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Talley’s memoirs chronicle his time at vogue with humor and pride; he talks about his favorite photo shoots and projects to the magazine, but also writes honestly about his intimate and sometimes strained relationship with Wintour.
And while Talley’s life was seemingly filled with parties and fabulous friends — he tells tales of hanging out with Andy Warhol, Halston and Yves Saint Laurent, among others — he was also incredibly lonely and sometimes misunderstood. Throughout the book, there are stories about Talley’s personal struggles that have affected him over the decades, from dealing with childhood abuse to leaving Paris after a racist encounter rocked him. .
As the book’s publisher writes, “Both ruthless and empathetic, this engaging memoir tells with raw honesty the story of how André not only survived the landscape of brutal style, but thrived – despite the racism, illicit gossip and all the other challenges of this notoriously ruthless industry – to become one of the most renowned voices and faces in fashion.
“The Chiffon Trenches: A Memoir” is available now on Amazon.com. The book’s release came two years after the theatrical release of a documentary about Talley. The Gospel According to Andrew was an officially approved documentary, which included interviews with Marc Jacobs, Wintour, Tom Ford and Talley himself.
Don’t want to sign up for a streaming service? You can rent or download The Gospel According to Andrew online with Amazon Video.