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The Gospel According to Andre – with Fashion Panel Dr Benjamin Wild, Dr Helen Walter and Georgie Newbery
October 1 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
From the segregated American South to the fashion capitals around the world, operatic fashion editor Andre Leon Talley life is on display in this film. The enigmatic personality takes us through his life from the struggles of his youth through to his move to New York to fulfil his dream of working in the fashion industry and later, to iconic, barrier breaking work at publications like Women’s Wear Daily, W, and Vogue. Variety Magazine says of the “The Gospel According to Andre”, “Kate Novack offers a loving and absorbing documentary tribute to fashion tastemaker Andre Leon Talley.” “I don’t live for fashion, I live for beauty and style.” So says haute couture eminence grise Andre Leon Talley in the opening seconds of Kate Novack’s “The Gospel According to Andre,” and the director takes those words as gospel. The documentary is a deeply loving, frequently beautiful testament to the former Vogue editor, who rose from humble beginnings in North Carolina to become arguably the high fashion world’s first major African-American tastemaker, as well as the type of multi-lingual, Russian-lit-citing public intellectual who is perfectly at ease gossiping on TV. At times hesitant to press Talley on some uncomfortable but important aspects of his life, the film amounts to essentially a long, intimate brunch conversation with its inimitable subject, and for those with even a passing interest in fashion, that should be plenty.
We are lucky enough to have a brilliant panel of fashion experts to talk afterwards about fashion and the legacy of Ande Leon Talley.
Dr Benjamin Wild teaches, talks, and writes about cultural dress and history for Sotheby’s, Bloomsbury, Thames and Hudson and The V&A Museum.
Georgie Newbery, founder and owner of Common Farm Flowers, went from fashion to flowers. She was an assistant on American Vogue magazine and then worked in Paris for designer John Galliano. She spent 5 years working with Andre and will have personal stories to tell us about her experience working with the “African Prince” as people used to call him.
Dr Helen Walter is a dress historian whose research focuses on the intersection of performance and identity in everyday fashion and theatre costume. She started her professional life working in theatre as a Wardrobe Supervisor, before returning to study for an MA in History of Dress at the Courtauld Institute of Art, and has a PhD in History of Design from the V&A/Royal College of Art. She teaches on the Fashion Journalism BA at the University for the Creative Arts and at Plymouth University in the 3D Design department, where she runs courses on Design Cultures from the Industrial Revolution to the 21st century. She is also a Trustee and volunteer curator at the Blandford Fashion Museum, where she helps with collections management and the mounting of exhibitions of historic and near-contemporary dress and textiles.
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