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The Chiffon Trenches

Narrated by: André Leon Talley
Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
Categories: Arts & Entertainment, Art
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Summary

Discover what truly happens behind the scenes in the world of high fashion in this detailed, storied memoir from fashion icon 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 50 years of fashion and proof that fact is always devilishly more fascinating than fiction. André Leon Talley's engaging and detailed memoir is his story of surviving and thriving in the notoriously cutthroat fashion industry amidst racism, homophobia and other challenges to become one of the most legendary voices and faces in fashion journalism.

©2020 André Leon Talley (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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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)

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Thank goodness Mr Leon Talley narrated this excellent book, as it truly brings the stories to life.

What a wonderful, genuine, honest and fascinating account of Mr Leon Talley’s experiences. This book gives you a unique insight into the golden era of fashion journalism; whilst also coming from a place of authenticity and true joy the author experienced from both his career, mentors and friends. What is refreshing about Mr Leon Talley’s book, is that he speaks candidly, yet with great respect. An eccentric, brave and inspiring book. I particularly liked an ending message, where Mr Leon Talley clarifies that in life, kindness and love are of the upmost importance.

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Andre is my new fantasy dinner party guest!

I absolutely loved this book, it is peppered with fascinating glimpses into the lives of the most famous people in fashion and art. ALT was on the front row for all of it and tells you his story like he is chatting to you on his couch. I often wondered who the enormously tall and stylish chap was sitting with Anna Wintour was and now I know and I’m a little bit in love with him.

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So much detail

This is a really good Memoir. It's always better to hear a memoir being read by the author, but Andre walks you through the Chiffon Trenches and describes everyone's clothes and character so well that you feel as though your walking with him.

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Honest, insightful & fashionable.

From his days as a child, working with Andy Warhol, to how he got to Vogue. His experiences with Anna Wintour, Naomi Campbell, Karl Lagerfeld, Grace Coddington and YSL to name a few.
It was interesting to hear of the struggles and barriers of not just a black man, but also a black LGBTQ+ man of a certain age and the determination to be successful and powerful.

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Great details

Lovely and very detailed description of people's attires. Even some of my no fashion connoisseur friends still enjoyed the extensive fashion vocabulary used in this book, WONDERFUL 👏

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Scathing and scandalous

If you loved The Vanity Fair Diaries you will go gaga for this. ALT does not hold back as he dishes the dirt on all the biggest fashion industry insiders, but also writes movingly about how traumatic childhood experiences shaped his adult life and career. His distinctive voice and narration make the audiobook all the more enjoyable.

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such an awesome story and life..

i love the same things he loves..such an i site i hope he gets to do allot more i. fashion and so hope meet him some day..i was always will be fan

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Amazing !

So interesting i loved this book !
A must for anyone intersetd in fashion and Vogue . A fabulous insight into the fashion world by of of the surviving fashion greats

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A fascinating and moving memoir

I wasn't overly familiar with Andre Leon Talley before reading this book. I knew of his successful career at Vogue and in fashion, but wasn't fully aware of just how pivotal he really was to many a memorable name and fashion moment. His book is refreshingly and at many times movingly candid, read with such matter of fact tone that at times where he recounts hardship and struggles, it doesn't come across as sorrowful or self indulgent. Since listening to this wonderful book, I have a huge amount of respect and admiration for Andre. A true gentleman and proud to speak up for what is right. Thank you Andre for sharing your story.

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Great insight into the fashion world

Really enjoyed listening to what must have been a great life experience. Well worth the time.