Talley talked to me in his exuberant, European air. Billy Idol came with his new girlfriend [China Chow]. Rachel Roy was there with her beautiful daughter, Ava. You get caught up in his fabulosity, deflecting you from getting to know him better. The Talley we see in Gospel is authentic and vulnerable.
Still larger than life. But also very real. But Kate and I became very good friends. She did her homework. She came with stories that I had done. The historical package was there. His love for nature and beauty is apparent. Talley implores the viewers throughout the film to find and define beauty for themselves.
But the real action starts in Durham, N. He was raised by his churchgoing grandmother, who supported Talley by cleaning Duke University dorms. How did the flamboyant teen escape from the harsh realities of his deeply religious Jim Crow South neighborhood? Through fashion, of course. Talley goes to Brown, where he majors in French. And while there we see through the eyes of friends how he plays dress up. His first major interview: Impressively, Novack even gets Talley to talk about his dating life.
He tiptoes around the topic but still left me wanting more. Talley admits that during his last three decades as a fashion insider, his dating life has been nonexistent, but for a quick moment he muses. And the subject is abruptly changed. But what I found most moving is when Talley talks about racism.
In another story, a designer implies that Talley slept his way to the top. But at the end of the day Talley survives.