Presented by André Leon Talley, former editor-at-large, “Vogue” magazine, and curator of the exhibition The Glamour and Romance of Oscar de la Renta; and Clifford Pugh, editor-in-chief, CultureMap.

André Leon Talley has been a front-row regular at fashion shows in New York, Paris, London, and Milan for more than 30 years. His career began in 1974 when he worked for Andy Warhol’s Factory in New York City and at Warhol’s Interview magazine, and Talley also volunteered for fashion columnist Diana Vreeland. From 1983 to 1987, Talley served as fashion news director at Vogue, then as creative director from 1988 to 1995, when he moved to Paris to work for while continuing as a contributing editor to Vogue. In 1998, Talley returned to Vogue as editor-at-large until his departure in 2013. 

On opening day of the exhibition The Glamour and Romance of Oscar de la Renta, CultureMap’s Clifford Pugh talks with Talley, whose depth of knowledge and lifelong friendship with Oscar de la Renta promise to provide an unmatched perspective on the designer’s career. After the talk, ticket holders are invited to join Talley for a signing of the exhibition catalogue and his book Oscar de la Renta: His Legendary World of Style.

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