- 15 Oct 18
Doc about tastemaker Andre Leon Talley lacks depth.
Documentaries about iconic personalities in the fashion world are always popular, and with good reason. The industry, with its mix of creativity, celebrity and luxurious beauty, offers cinematic indulgence aplenty, while the mix of divas, tortured geniuses and straight-talking stylists and editors allows for in-depth character studies.
Andre Leon Talley seems like the perfect subject for such a film. The former editor-at-large of Vogue, Talley is now known for his passion, charisma, fierce-but-tender personality, and his flamboyant style – you’ve never seen a cape until it’s worn by this 6’6 powerhouse.
But Talley’s journey to success is even more intriguing than the man himself. The challenges facing a gay black man from the American south who fashioned himself as a bon vivant cannot be overstated. That he became an indispensable figure among the Paris and New York fashion elites is a story worth telling.