André Leon Talley’savant-garde style has led him to be one of the most recognized fashion personalities in the world. The former editor-at-large for Vogue magazine will bring his legendary style savvy to the Saint Louis Art Museum at 2 pm on Saturday, June 24 when he presents his insights on the intersections of contemporary menswear and fashion history.

The event, made possible through the St. Louis Fashion Fund and sponsored by the Regional Arts Commission, is part of SLFF’s “Speaking of Fashion” series and is held in conjunction with “Reigning Men, Fashion in Menswear, 1715-2015,”which opens at the Art Museum on Sunday, June 25. The exhibition is a major survey exploring the history of men’s fashionable dress from the 18th to the early 21st century. Joining Talley in the dialogue on art and fashion are Eric Johnson, executive director of the Saint Louis Fashion Incubator, and Genevieve Cortinovis, assistant curator of decorative arts and design and co-curator of the St. Louis presentation of “Reigning Men.”

Talley gained international fame as a judge on “America’s Top Model” and as a fashion advisor to former First Lady Michelle Obama. He is known for his outgoing personality and his personal style trademark–the cape–and is the author of three books including the art and photography title, “A.L.T: A Memoir” and curator of several major fashion exhibitions. He is also hosting a new talk weekly show on SiriusXM radio.

“Having André share his distinctive style expertise with St. Louis fashion followers will truly be a unique experience,” said Johnson. “We’re pleased that through our partnerships with the Art Museum and RAC we were able to make this event happen.”

“‘Reigning Men’ is an exhibition we were eager to bring to St. Louis,” said Cortinovis. “The clothing is extraordinary, and having André at the Art Museum to discuss men’s fashion in the context of art, history, and popular culture is a fantastic way to open the exhibition.” The costumes on view in the exhibition are drawn primarily from the renowned collection of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, which organized the exhibition.

The program will be held in The Farrell Auditorium. Tickets are $20 for Art Museum members and $25 for the public and can be purchase through MetroTix; priority ticketing for Members begins May 23. V

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