Larger-than-life, caftan wearing persona André Leon Talley’s memoir The Chiffon Trenches chronicles his time, fifty years or more, in the fashion industry. With early beginnings at Andy Warhol’s magazine Interview and interning for Diana Vreeland at the Metropolitan Museum of Arts Costume Institute, Talley moved on to become Editor-at-Large for Vogue magazine working alongside its “matriarch” Anna Wintour. But working alongside and hob nobbing with the fashion elite wasn’t all glam, air kisses and hello dahlings

This engaging memoir tells with raw honesty the story of how André not only survived the brutal style landscape but thrived—despite racism, illicit rumors, and all the other challenges of this notoriously cutthroat industry—to become one of the most renowned voices and faces in fashion.