André Leon Talley has been a fixture in the world of fashion for so long that it’s difficult to imagine a time when he wasn’t defining the boundaries of great style. This new film, which includes appearances by such fashion luminaries as Anna Wintour, Marc Jacobs, Tom Ford and Valentino, just to name of few, has certainly cemented its place in the growing canon of fashion documentaries. But, director Kate Novack has also produced a poignant film that takes viewers on the emotional journey from André’s roots growing up in the segregated Jim Crow south (including Durham, NC) to become one of the most influential tastemakers and fashion curators of our time.

Novack’s film draws previously unexplored connections between the elegance of André’s beloved grandmother and the Black Church of his youth and his later iconic, barrier-breaking work. Deftly weaving together an incredible wealth of archival footage from his childhood and early career as well as from some of the most glamorous moments in fashion history, the film is a testament to one of the most unique figures of 20th Century American culture.

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