Andre Leon Talley believes the stories in his upcoming memoir will “astonish” readers.
The fashion journalist, who served as the editor-at-large at U.S. Vogue magazine from 1998 until 2013, is gearing up to release The Chiffon Trenches – a tell-all about his career in the fashion industry extending all the way back to his first job at Andy Warhol’s Interview magazine back in 1974.
While Talley’s book was originally set to debut in September, in light of renewed interest in his professional relationship with U.S. Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour in recent weeks, it will now begin hitting shelves on 19 May.
“As one of the great French literary writers, Jean Cocteau, said; ‘Astonish Me.’ I hope my new memoir, THE CHIFFON TRENCHES, will astonish all readers. I went into the deepest core of my being; my memory is intact,” he wrote in a post on his Instagram page. “It is a deeply personal story of a life well lived within the world of fashion, in all of its most glamorous and cutthroat moments. I have communed with the greats. And I am thrilled to announce the new publication date, by popular demand: May 19, 2020.”
The Chiffon Trenches is priced at $28 (£22) and is now available for pre-order.
According to the publishers at Penguin Random House, the memoir will explore Talley’s first jobs, professional relationships with key designers, including Karl Lagerfeld, Yves Saint Laurent, and Oscar de la Renta, as well as his “unlikely but intimate friendship” with Wintour at Vogue.
“The Chiffon Trenches offers a candid look at the who’s who of the last 50 years of fashion,” a summary reads. “At once ruthless and empathetic, this engaging memoir tells with raw honesty the story of how Andre not only survived the brutal style landscape but thrived – despite racism, illicit rumours, and all the other challenges of this notoriously cutthroat industry – to become one of the most renowned voices and faces in fashion.”
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