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SouthBound: Andre Leon Talley On His 40 Years Atop The Fashion World

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Andre Leon Talley

If you somehow had a giant photo album of the last 40 years of fashion history, as you scrolled you would see one face over and over again, a head taller than most everybody else. That’s Andre Leon Talley.

He worked with Andy Warhol at the Factory in New York, he edited Vogue magazine, and he served as a judge on “America’s Next Top Model.” Now, in his late 60s, there’s a new documentary about his life called “The Gospel According to Andre.” And in the middle of all that, he has found time to curate an exhibit at the Mint Museum in Charlotte of fashion designed by his longtime friend Oscar de la Renta. We spoke in the museum gallery, surrounded by beautiful gowns. It did not take much to get Andre Leon Talley to talk.

Show Notes:

Music From This Episode:

  • French Provincial - Henry Mancini & His Orchestra
  • One Size Fits All - Leggo Beast
  • Another Term For - Miwon

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SouthBound is a production of WFAE. Our host is Tommy Tomlinson. Our producer is Nick de la Canal. Our web manager is Jennifer Lang. Our audience engagement producer is Joni Deutsch, and our theme music comes from Josh Turner.

Tommy Tomlinson has hosted the podcast SouthBound for WFAE since 2017. He also does a commentary, On My Mind, which airs every Monday.