André Leon Talley is ready to tell his story. All of it.

The larger-than-life former editor-at-large of Vogue is taking fans of the venerable fashion magazine deep into what life working alongside famed editrix Anna Wintour is really like in his new memoir The Chiffon Trenches. In the just-released book, his second memoir following 2003's A.L.T, Talley chronicles the ups-and-downs of his tumultuous relationship with Wintour, revealing what The Devil Wears Prada got wrong, and more importantly, right about her.

Along the way, he gives fresh insight into a groundbreaking career in fashion that dates back to the '70s, revealing shocking stories about his interactions with luminaries like Andy Warhol, Halston, Yves Saint Laurent, Princess Diana, Madonna and more. While Wintour takes center stage for much of the book, we also learn about his longtime and, ultimately, tragic friendship with the late Karl Lagerfeld, who perhaps kept Talley on his toes as much as Wintour did.

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Why the second book now, all these years later?

"That book is something I'm immensely proud of, and if you read that book you'll truly get a sense of what shaped my personality and my aesthetic eye early on," he write of A.L.T. in The Chiffon Trenches. "But I still had to bite my tongue about certain people, for fear of reprisal."

Suffice to say, he's not fearing reprisal anymore. For the 20 biggest bombshells from Talley's new book, read on!

 

Andre Leon, Andy Warhol - Andre Leon Talley book

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Andre, Karl Lagerfeld  - Andre Leon Talley book

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Halston - Andre Leon Talley book

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Andre young - Andre Leon Talley book

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Anna Wintour, David Shaffer, 1991

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Madonna - Andre Leon Talley book

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Helmut Newton, Antonio Banderas - Andre Leon Talley book

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Princess Diana - Andre Leon Talley book

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Anna Wintour, Manolo Blahnik - Andre Leon Talley book

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Andre, Karl Lagerfeld  - Andre Leon Talley book

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Andre Leon, Renee Zellwegger - Andre Leon Talley book

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Andre Leon, Anna Wintour - Andre Leon Talley book

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Rihanna 2015 Met Gala look - Andre Leon Talley book

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Yves Saint Laurent, Tom Ford  - Andre Leon Talley book

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Andre Leon, Anna Wintour - Andre Leon Talley book

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Katy Perry, Jared Leto, 2019 Met Gala - Andre Leon Talley book

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Rihanna, Will Smith, Michelle Obama, Marc Jacobs - Andre Leon Talley book

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The Chiffon Trenches is available now.

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