Film Review – The Gospel According to Andre

Over the weekend I had the pleasure of viewing the new documentary about former American Vogue editor-at-large, André Leon Talley. He has been a fixture in the fashion world for so long that it’s difficult to imagine a time when he wasn’t defining the boundaries of great style. This intimate portrait, by director Kate Novack, takes viewers on an emotional journey from André’s roots growing up in the segregated South to becoming one of the most influential tastemakers and fashion curators of our times.

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André Leon Talley in THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO ANDRÉ, a Magnolia Pictures release. Photo courtesy of Magnolia Pictures.

The film draws on the unexplored connections between André’s beloved elegant grandmother, the Black Church of his youth and his barrier-braking work for publications like Women’s Wear Daily, W and Vogue. There is a wealth of archival footage from the glamourous moments in fashion history accompanied with André’s poignant reflections on his life and career.

Chloe Benefit Fashion Show at Christies, New York
Photo by Dustin Pittman/Penske Media/REX/Shutterstock (6905689a) Paloma Picasso and Rafael Lopez-Sanchez talk to Andre Leon Talley in the front row during a benefit runway show of Chloe by Karl Lagerfeld for the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, held at Christies. Chloe Benefit Fashion Show at Christies, New York
New Year's Eve at Studio 54, New York
Photo by John Bright/Penske Media/REX/Shutterstock (6906729e) Singer and actress Diana Ross in a full ruffled skirt dancing with Andre Leon Talley at a New Year’s Eve party at Studio 54 in New York New Year’s Eve at Studio 54, New York

Produced by the team that brought us the documentaries The First Monday in May and Page One: Inside The New York Times, it also incudes fashion luminaries including Anna Wintour, Marc Jacobs and Tom Ford. The film was a pleasure to watch, very engaging and is an absolute must see for all fashion lovers.

Adre Leon Talley Red Shirt
André Leon Talley in Paris, 1984 in THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO ANDRÉ, a Magnolia Pictures release. Photo courtesy of Magnolia Pictures.
Andre Leon Talley Gospel Poster
Theatrical one-sheet for from THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO ANDRÉ, a Magnolia Pictures release. Photo courtesy of Magnolia Pictures.

Website

www.thegospelaccordingtoandre.com

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