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.
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.
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.