The Chiffon Trenches

Ballantine. May 2020. 304p. ISBN 9780593129258. $28. BIOG
Longtime Vogue creative director Talley (A.L.T.: A Memoir) writes an eloquent insider’s account of his influential time in the fashion world. Throughout, he discusses encounters with famous designers, as well as his support of underdogs such as John Galliano, whom he backed financially and helped launch a career-making fashion show, and maintaining a long friendship with the mercurial German designer Karl Lagerfeld. Juicy, behind-the-scenes stories of various creatives, their muses, and the models who wore these men’s iconic designs fill this smorgasbord of insider accounts in a narrative that finely balances Talley’s intellect and panache, traits he has come to be known for. Having to fight twice as hard for his position given his race and sexual orientation, Talley is a kingpin of fashion, as this account proves.
VERDICT This memoir of Talley’s life and the fingerprints he’s left on the world of fashion will appeal to fashion lovers and fans of celebrity memoirs, as well as those who enjoy stories of hard-earned, well-deserved success.

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