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A.L.T

A Memoir
Talley, André Leon (Book - 2003)
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One of the most striking figures in international style offers a unique and unforgettable memoir of the two women who shaped his dreams, tastes, and character.

“My grandmother and Mrs. Vreeland had similar ways of appreciating luxury,” writes André Leon Talley, “because they both believed in the importance of its most essential underpinning: polish.” In A.L.T., Vogue’s editor at large explains how a six-foot-seven African-American man from North Carolina became the influential fashion figure he is today, learning life’s 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 Art’s 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 “chiffon trenches” with eminent grace and style.

Clear, elegant, and often magical, A.L.T. shines like a rare jewel as it illuminates three extraordinary lives.

Baker & Taylor
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.

Blackwell North Amer
"My grandmother and Mrs. Vreeland had similar ways of appreciating luxury," writes Andre Leon Talley, "because they both believed in the importance of its most essential underpinning: polish." In A. L. T., Vogue's editor at large explains how a six-foot-seven African-American man from North Carolina became the influential fashion figure he is today, learning life's 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 Art's 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 "chiffon trenches" with eminent grace and style.

Baker
& Taylor

The editor-at-large for Vogue describes his odyssey from North Carolina to the heights of the fashion world, reflecting on the roles of two important women in his life--his maternal grandmother, Bennie Frances Davis, and Diana Vrelland, Vogue editor-in-chief and his mentor--and how they shaped his dreams, taste, and character. 75,000 first printing.

Authors: Talley, André Leon
Statement of Responsibility: André Leon Talley
Title: A.L.T
a memoir
Publisher: New York : Villard, c2003
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: xx, 232 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Subject Headings: African American fashion editors Biography Fashion editors United States Biography Davis, Bennie Francis, -1989 Vreeland, Diana Talley, André Leon
Topical Term: Black author
African American fashion editors
Fashion editors
Local Subject Heading: Black author
Alternate Title: André Leon Talley
LCCN: 2002033056
ISBN: 0375508287
Research Call Number: Sc E 03-654
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