The Gospel According to Andre
Cert: Club. Light House & Palas
Hailing from the segregated deep south, Andre Leon Talley decided from a young age he was fascinated by style. Following a move to New York in the mid1970s, he began an ascent through the fashion industry via Andy Warhol and Diana Vreeland, before entering the fashion press and going on to become editor of Vogue.
This unimaginatively-titled documentary portrait from Kate Novack hits some of the usual stumbling blocks that come with film examinations of the fashion industry.
For starters, a lofty and sacrosanct tone is taken to imbue our subject with heroic status — which seems like quite a bizarre thing when juxtaposed with the sheer indulgence and frivolity of the fashion world.
Hyperbole is the very language of the industry, so you naturally reach for a pinch of salt when having to listen to the likes of Tom Ford expound Talley’s unique impact, his astounding genius and so on.
Flecks of the real Talley are visible only when he discusses his younger days or the racial slurs he had to contend with — but too often he is unwilling to let his fabulous, flamboyant guard down. Disappointing.