André León Talley. Film projection: "The Gospel According to André” and COLLOQUIUM ANDRÉ LEON TALLEY: A LIFE IN THE CHIFFON TRENCHES*

Thursday, 28 June, 2018 - 11:00

Place: Auditori Francesc Cambó

André Leon Talley will visit the Barcelona Fashion Week, 080 Barcelona Fashion, to present the documentary, The Gospel According to André, by Magnolia Pictures, directed by Kate Novack, recently released in the United States about his somewhat unique career in the fashion world
The event will consist of a viewing of the film followed by a talk with André himself and a renowned fashion magazine director, in which he will interact with the public made up of fashion students, the press and the local fashion crowd.
During the awards ceremony, 080 Barcelona Fashion will present him the Fashion Tribute that the event awards in each edition to a key name in the fashion industry.
André Leon Talley is a former editor of the US edition of Vogue magazine and has been at the forefront of international fashion for more than 25 years, occupying the front row of fashion shows in the main fashion weeks: New York, London, Milan and Paris. He has also been editor of other relevant fashion publications such as Interview, New York Times or W.

He was born in 1949 in Washington DC and grew up in Durham, where the vast majority of the population was white, at a time when racism was common. His passion for fashion to which he has dedicated his career was precocious. As a child he was fond of reading Vogue in the library and admiring the outfits worn by women in the church. He graduated in art from the Central University of North Carolina and earned a postgraduate degree in French from Brown University. He also holds an Honors Doctorate in Humanities from the Savannah College of Art and Design
In the 1960s, he moved to New York and began working as a journalist for a local women's magazine. This is how he was discovered by Diana Vreeland, editor-in-chief of Vogue at the time, who hired him as her assistant. In 1989 he held the position of creative editor, which he used to promote young designers, mainly African-Americans. He also used the pages of the magazine to denounce racism and discrimination in the industry during that time, pushing for more black models for the catwalks. Talley has always raised the visibility of this community in fashion
André Leon Talley is well known for his exuberant personality and his characteristic way of dressing. He has worked hand in hand with the current editor-in-chief of Vogue, Anna Wintour, with whom he has a friendship; in fact the character of Nigel in the movie The devil wears Prada, which portrays the life of the editorial staff of American Vogue, is inspired by him. Talley has lived surrounded by the greatest designers of his time, as well as the most famous top models and stars of Hollywood.
He has published several books among which are autobiographical best sellers such as "A.L.T .: A Memoir" and "A.L.T. 365+ ». In September 2016, the biographical documentary The Gospel according to André was presented at the Toronto Film Festival. It premiered in the United States on May 25 to great acclaim.
André Leon Talley has been a reference in the world of fashion for so long that it is difficult to imagine a time when he was not the one who defined the keys of style. Kate Novack's intimate portrait, The Gospel According to André takes viewers on an emotional journey from the André’s roots, growing up in the segregated Jim Crow South, to becoming one of the most influential trendsetters and fashion curators of our time
The film by Novack draws fascinating connections, until now unexplored, between the elegance of André's beloved grandmother, the Black Church of his youth and his iconic and groundbreaking work in publications such as Women's Wear Daily, W and Vogue. Interweaving a large number of archive images of the most glamorous moments in the history of fashion, with André's moving reflections on his life and career, The Gospel According to André is a cinematographic monument to one of the most singular figures of the American culture of the twentieth century
. Produced by the team that brought viewers The First Monday and Page One: Inside The New York Times and featuring comments from fashion references like Anna Wintour, Marc Jacobs and Tom Ford, The Gospel According to André is an already indispensable new chapter in the growing fashion documentary canon.