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An interesting book that started well, but slowly deteriorated as one kept reading on. Either way, it gave the reader the opportunity to know a little about Vogue, behind the scenes and its major players.
This book was an eye-opener. It's a detailed look at the world where appearance matters more than anything, where individual egos dictate the play, where huge amounts of money are spent - and then boasted about. It's straight from the world of Donald Trump.
I'm a scientist; i move in a world where people make judgements on evidence, and priorities are set by how useful one's efforts will be. So to look at this world where *only* appearance matters was an eye-opener. I read all the way through, because it was rather like reading from an anthropologist who'd discovered a world where heroism consisted in putting on shoes with nine inch heels, falling off them, and putting oneself back on display. I now feel as if I've eaten a sugar sandwich dipped in glucose and decorated to within an inch of its life.
I'm glad I read it, in an outsider-looking-in way of thinking, but no more, please.
Oh dear, I'd so looked forward to this book. Unfortunately it's just endless name dropping, rehashing his very limited social life, which consists of descriptions of his hand me down outfits and freebies. He repeats himself often, his marvellous southern manners etc. Two stars because who can resist Anna Wintour gossip. I think he'll regret this book, because it's all so petty, they had a professional relationship, which he mistook for genuine friendship. I shall re read Alexandra Shulman's marvellous book on Vogue instead.
I really enjoyed this book and reading about high fashion and so many of its key players from the past decades to present day. Other themes are racism and how Talley was a trailblazer, and also the fall of the magazine and the rise of digital media and “influencers”.
He knows so many people and really tells it like it is, he also writes as to how I imagine he speaks which I appreciated. I found it really interesting to look up and find out more about those referenced in the book. I think he comes across philosophically that there are things he could have done to make things better for himself - i.e. have therapy, discuss his childhood trauma, but he chose not to and knows that he has faced the consequences of this. If you love fashion, gossip and drama it is a great book for you.
This really is an extremely entertaining book. It's great for people who want to find out more about how the machinery of the fashion industry works. André takes you on a journey and really allows you to see close-up what it's like to work in fashion (the good AND the ugly). Finishing this book, I couldn't help but think we've lost a bit of magic in the fashion industry, where things have become a lot less enchanting and a lot more matter-of-fact or business like if you will. André is the number one unsung hero of the fashion industry and rightfully deserves his spot among the fashion glitterati.
Enjoyable read about the height of Vogue and fashion between 1970-present day. Lots of anecdotes involving key players such as Diana Vreeland, Anna Wintour and the late Karl Lagerfeld.. if you grew up reading Vogue as pure escapism and aspiration you’ll enjoy this.