André Leon Talley, who rose from the segregated South to become a fashion icon and confidante of Anna Wintour at Vogue, finally has his next act.
He’s just inked a book deal with the Ballantine imprint of Penguin Random House to write “The Chiffon Trenches.”
The memoir promises to give an inside look from his start at Interview with Andy Warhol to his 30 years at Vogue under Grace Mirabella and Wintour. Along the way,
Talley, a caftan-wearing giant of a man, developed friendships with some of the biggest names in fashion. The book will tell of his fall from grace while working in the
Paris bureau of Women’s Wear Daily and his trek back to New York, where his fraught friendship developed with Wintour.
Ballantine Executive Editor Pamela Cannon said she’s aiming for a fall 2020 release. Talley promises to tell all — from the great friendships to the bitter enemies he’s made.
“I get the pleasure to tell my continued life in the chiffon trenches of fashion and haute couture,” he said. “I hope my voice will be entertaining and insightful as I cross the deep and emotional divides of my life, a journey rich in human kindness and cruelty.”
The deal, which was brokered by David Vigliano at AGI-Vigliano, is estimated to be in the mid-six figures, although the publisher and agent aren’t commenting on the size of the advance Talley will receive.