We are excited to announce that we are kicking off a quarterly fashion film screening series Night at the Museum: Fashion Meets Film with our venue partner Phoenix Art Museum. Leading up to the 2nd Annual FashFilmFete, once per quarter on Wednesday, 6-8 p.m. we will sponsor a screening of a fashion-centric film along with other activities including a discussion session following the film and audience giveaways.
The first screening of the series will be held March 29. The featured film will be The Gospel According to André. The documentary explores the impact that the former Vogue magazine editor-at-large André Leon Talley had on the fashion industry. The documentary includes interviews with fashion elite including Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour, fashion designers Marc Jacobs and Tom Ford as well as Talley, who died this past year on January 18, 2022.
Other dates to save include May 24 and Aug. 30.
About the Film
André Leon Talley (1948-2022) has been a fixture in the world of fashion for so long that it’s difficult to imagine a time when he wasn’t defining the boundaries of great style. Kate Novack’s intimate portrait, The Gospel According to André takes viewers on an emotional journey from André’s roots growing up in the segregated Jim Crow South to become one of the most influential tastemakers and fashion curators of our times.
“It’s not the same. I’ve opened my heart and my soul and my life. And I am a very private and shy person, although I come off as a very flamboyant person. I use clothes as armor, clothes are my security blanket and my clothes and outfits are my armor against the world of the chiffon trenches. So the documentary has been a very enriching experience. I think it’s a very sensitive and extraordinary and yet elegant story of my life, as told by Kate…” — André Leon Talley, Former editor-at-large, Vogue
Kate Novack’s film draws fascinating, heretofore unexplored connections, between the elegance of André’s beloved grandmother and the Black Church of his youth and his later iconic, barrier-breaking work at publications like Women’s Wear Daily, W and Vogue. Weaving together a wealth of archival footage from the most glamorous moments in fashion history with André’s poignant reflections on his life and career, The Gospel According to André is a cinematic monument to one of the most unique figures of 20th Century American culture.
“I wanted the movie to always operate on two levels, both within the genre of ‘fashion documentary’ but also as a piece of American history, because I think that André is an important figure in American cultural history. He is one of the very first African American men to have a position of visible importance within the fashion industry. We have a long history of African American performers in front of the camera, but many fewer behind the camera shaping the images we see.” — Kate Novack, Director, The Gospel According to André
Produced by the team who brought viewers The First Monday in May and Page One: Inside The New York Times and featuring commentary from fashion luminaries including Anna Wintour, Marc Jacobs and Tom Ford, The Gospel According to André is an indispensable addition to the growing canon of fashion documentaries.
Director: Kate Novack
Runtime: 94 minutes
Images courtesy of Magnolia Pictures