Thursday January 18, 2018

André Leon Talley on ​why dressing well is a moral code​

André Leon Talley with Tom Power in the q studio in Toronto, Ont.

André Leon Talley with Tom Power in the q studio in Toronto, Ont. (Melody Lau/CBC)

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André Leon Talley is the imposing, larger-than-life former editor-at-large for American Vogue. He's had a massive impact on fashion and appears often in television and film roles, usually playing himself — but he's rarely opened up about his own early life experience.

Growing up black, gay and fashion-obsessed in a relatively conservative southern environment, Talley faced numerous barriers on his way to the top. A new documentary, The Gospel According to André, now delves into that side of him. Talley dropped by the q studio during the Toronto International Film Festival to talk with Tom Power.

Produced by Cora Nijhawan