Category Archives: FASHION

ANDRÉ LEON TALLEY AT LACMA

“The late seventies, when André Leon Talley came into his own, is the period when designers like Yves Saint Laurent and Halston produced the clothes that Talley covered at the beginning of his career at WWD, clothes often described as glamorous. It is the period referred to in the clothes being produced now by designers like Marc Jacobs and Anna Sui. ‘It was a time when I could take Diana Vreeland and Lee Radziwill to a LaBelle concert at the Beacon and it wouldn’t look like I was about to mug them,” Talley says.

Daniela Morera, a correspondent for Italian Vogue, has a different recollection. ‘André was privileged because he was a close friend of Mrs. Vreeland’s,’ she says. ‘Black people were as segregated in the industry as they are now… André enjoyed a lot of attention from whites because he was ambitious and amusing. He says it wasn’t bad because he didn’t know how bad it was for other blacks in the business. He was successful because he wasn’t a threat. He’ll never be an editor-in-chief… No matter that André’s been the greatest crossover act in the industry for quite some time. Like forever.’ ” — Hilton Als, 1994*

Talley—Anna Wintour’s legendary right hand man—has been captured on film in Kate Novack’s new documentary THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO ANDRÉ, presented this week by Film Independent at LACMA. The director and her subject will be on hand for a conversation after the screening.

 

ANDRÉ LEON TALLEY and KATE NOVACK—

THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO ANDRÉ

Thursday, May 10, at 7:30.

LACMA, Bing Theater

5905 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles.

* Hilton Als, “The Only One,” The New Yorker, November 7, 1994, 110. (Reprinted in Als’ White Girls, 2013.)

Top: André Leon Talley and Yves Saint Laurent. Image credit: Getty.

Middle: Talley and Diana Ross dancing at Studio 54, circa 1979. Photograph by Sonia Moskowitz/Getty Images.

Below: Diana Vreeland and André Leon Talley working at the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. The model is Marlene Dietrich in the show Romantic and Glamorous Hollywood Design, 1974. Photograph by Bill Cunningham.

LENA WAITHE AT THE MET

Lena Waithe arriving at the Met Gala tonight, a rainbow cape for Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination.

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HEAVENLY BODIES – FASHION AND THE CATHOLIC IMAGINATION, through October 8.

METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART, 1000 Fifth Avenue, New York City.

metmuseum.org/heavenly-bodies

Image credit: Met Gala Instagram.

ALAÏA — JE SUIS COUTURIER

The house of Azzedine Alaïa is open and will welcome the public to a series of rotating exhibitions at the late designer’s Marais home and headquarters.

The first show organized by Association Alaïa – Carla Sozzani, Olivier Saillard, and Alaïa’s partner Christoph Von Weyhe – is the homage AZZEDINE ALAÏA—JE SUIS COUTURIER (curated by Saillard), and it’s up until late spring, 2018.

 

AZZEDINE ALAÏA—JE SUIS COUTURIER, through June 10.

AZZEDINE ALAÏA, 18 rue de la Verrerie, 4th, Paris.

fashionunfiltered.com/azzedine-alaia-je-suis-couturier-paris-exhibit

Photographs courtesy of Azzedine Alaïa.

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MARGIELA — LES ANNÉES HERMÈS

The 2017 Antwerp exhibition on the Hermès years of Martin Margiela is now up at MAD, organized by the designer.

 

MARGIELA—LES ANNÉES HERMÈS

Through September 2.

Musée des Arts Décoratifs

107 rue de Rivoli, 1st, Paris.

Above: Image from the Antwerp catalogue courtesy of Lannoo.

Below: Maison Martin Margiela, Autumn/Winter 1996-1997. Photograph by Anders Edström.