buy polo shirts Leon Talley revolutionizing fashion and Vogue
(WNCN) For nearly five decades, the tale from the runway to the mannequin to your closet has been influenced by Mr. Vogue, better known as Monsieur Andr Leon Talley.
CBS North Carolina’s Beairshelle Edm sat down with him for a one on one at the Ebony Fashion Fair exhibit at the North Carolina Museum of Art.
we went to church on Sundays, my grandmother was turned out,” Talley exclaimed! “My grandmother had the best shoes she could afford, naturalizer shoes. She had the best hats, which she bought from Joe Bells downtown. She had the best gloves, the best handbags. She had very few things, but she saved her money and she would go buy the best things.”
Fashion quickly caught his eye, but the options for him to explore intricate embroidery and haute couture were limited in the segregated south.
“Black people did not, were not able to be exposed to fashion,” he explained. “Fashion was not really being made for black people.”
Limited access to various industries were a norm during this era.
“We lived on the west end by Beachwood Cemetery. I would cross the railroad tracks and go over to Duke East campus to a magazine store and buy with my weekly stipend money, Vogue,” he recalled. “It was a Sunday afternoon and they (white young men) were in a car and I was walking down the street by the East campus wall and they were throwing rocks at me, but I just kept walking with my head held high.”
The Hillside High School graduate kept that attitude and would go on to North Carolina Central University as a French major, later earning a full scholarship for his masters at Brown University.
wasn thinking I the first black man sitting here at Yves St. Laurent (show), but I knew there was something important because people told me who I worked for,” Talley said.
From the Andy Warhol factory, he moved on to Women Wear Daily,
the New York Times and most noteably, Vogue, where he worked as editor at large for more than 15 years.
Lagerfeld, Balenciaga, Nicolas Ghesquire, Marc Jacobs any designer you name, Miuccia Prada, all designers have respect because they know when I open my mouth and I going to say something, there knowledge and knowledge is power,” he said.
The former America Next Top Model judge has had the front row seat to fashion evolution, but as he sat across from Edm, the 69 year old acknowledged there still a lot of work to be done, but he believes progress is here.
Asked what the industry is like now for men and women of color, he responded, a moment of opportunity open the door. It a moment of go forward and leap, go forth. There are many opportunity.”
As for his own legacy, it’s still being written.
been so blessed to know and work with the best,” he said. “It was just my life. But today, I think about it a lot and I do think that I have contributed a lot to the world of fashion.”
A documentary on Talley’s life, “The Gospel According to Andr,
” will be released this April.
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to email (Opens in new window)MoreClick to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)