âMy grandmother and Mrs. Vreeland had similar ways of appreciating luxury,â writes AndrÃ© Leon Talley, âbecause they both believed in the importance of its most essential underpinning: polish.â In A.L.T., Vogueâs editor at large explains how a six-foot-seven African-American man from North Carolina became the influential fashion figure he is today, learning lifeâs most enduring lessons from two remarkable women: his maternal grandmother, Bennie Frances Davis, a woman who worked back-breakingly hard as a maid, yet taught him to embrace the world with a warm heart and an open mind; and Diana Vreeland, the inimitable editor in chief of Vogue and director of the Metropolitan Museum of Artâs Costume Institute, who became his peerless professional mentor. In a rich, eloquent voice that resonates with both small-town wisdom and haut monde sophistication, Talley tells of the grandmother who encouraged his dreams and ambitions while instilling in him an abiding sense of dignity and style, and of the legendary fashion doyenne who took him under her wing as he rose to fame in the wild New York of the 1970s. Threaded throughout are stories of the man himself, who has survived thirty years in the âchiffon trenchesâ with eminent grace and style.
Clear, elegant, and often magical, A.L.T. shines like a rare jewel as it illuminates three extraordinary lives.
About: The editor-at-large for 'Vogue' describes his odyssey from North Carolina to the heights of the fashion world, reflecting on how his life was influenced by his maternal grandmother, Bennie Frances Davis, and Diana Vreeland, his mentor.
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