The Gospel According to Andre
The life and career of operatic fashion editor André Leon Talley is traced from his early years in the segregated South to his barrier-breaking work redefining the boundaries of fashion around the world in a poignant portrait featuring commentary by a wealth of admirers including Anna Wintour, Whoopi Goldberg, Marc Jacobs, and Fran Lebowitz.
Inspired by the effortless glamour of his late grandmother and the grandeur of traditional church wear, a boy growing up in the segregated Jim Crow South became one of the first black voices in fashion and an icon of taste making. Featuring rare archival footage as well as narratives from industry legends like Anna Wintour, Marc Jacobs, and Valentino, Kate Novack's The Gospel According to Andre pays tribute to a man whose influence spans decades and continents. Well known for his fabulously imaginative one-liners, this intimate documentary feature dives much deeper into the reflective, sentimental and elegant soul that is Andre Leon Talley. As a black man standing over six feet tall, he stood out like a sore thumb at runway shows. Yet, through a career marked by his signature lovable exuberance and talent that earned him a position as editor-at-large at Vogue, he shamelessly left his mark on fashion history and paved the way for countless others to do the same. Influenced by Talley's own words, "I don't live for fashion, I love for beauty and style," Novack's film is much less a showcase of decades of legendary runway moments than a humanizing look into the behind-the-scenes of couture and the trailblazer that inspired so much of it.
An aficionado of shot composition, Kate Novack makes her solo feature debut with The Gospel According to Andre after many years of production work. She is also a firm believer that an incredible film does not need a large budget, as long as one's subject is intimately explored with dedicated research.
Sponsored by The Stranger, Chloe Wine Collection
- Director: Kate Novack
- Principal Cast: Andre Leon Talley, Marc Jacobs, Anna Wintour, Tom Ford, Diane von Furstenberg
- Premiere Status: Seattle
- Country: USA
- Year: 2017
- Running Time: 94 minutes
- Producer: Kate Novack, Andrew Rossi, Roger Ross Williams
- Cinematographers: Bryan Sarkinen
- Editors: Andrew Coffman, Thomas Rivera Montes
- Music: Ian Hultquist, Sofia Hultquist
- Website: Official Film Website
- Filmography: Eat This New York (2004)
- Language: English
- Format: DCP
- US Distributor: Magnolia Pictures
- International Sales: Magnolia Pictures International