André Leon Talley On His Met Ball Prep, Finding the Perfect Little Black Dress

Between signing on with Numero Russia, recent rumors of a talk show, and a new book release, André Leon Talley has a lot to be excited about. But his mind is focused on something a bit more, shall we say, topical.
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Between signing on with Numero Russia, recent rumors of a talk show, and a new book release, André Leon Talley has a lot to be excited about. But his mind is focused on something a bit more, shall we say, topical.
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Between signing on with Numero Russia, recent rumors of a talk show, and a new book release, André Leon Talley has a lot to be excited about. But his mind is focused on something a bit more, shall we say, topical.

"The thing that excites me the most right now is my outfit for the Met Ball," he said, "Like everyone else, I'm getting my fittings."

We caught up with Talley at a signing last Friday evening at BookMarc in New York, and while he didn't spill any details on his Met Ball outfit (though we are positive it will be anything but dull), he did dish on the Little Black Dress--both the name and subject of his latest work.

The book is the companion to Talley's exhibition of the same name, which was on view at SCAD in Savannah from September 28 of last year through January 27. It's a review of the best in contemporary black dresses, with options ranging from newer designers like Proenza Schouler and Rodarte to old guard houses like YSL and Chanel, whose design by Karl Lagerfeld made the cover. For Talley, black is anything but boring.

"Color is really important but black is truly, truly purism," Talley said of the classic garment. "It's the purest moment to create silhouette and the power of line."

André loved this pup--he kept calling it a "fox"

André loved this pup--he kept calling it a "fox"

And since Talley has seen so many gorgeous little black dresses, we thought we'd ask him for his best advice for women looking to find their perfect LBD.

"[The best thing] is to be true to herself and find the thing that works for her," he offered. "Never try to dress to trends, or to try to please anyone but herself."

Click through for some images from the book; Little Black Dress ($50, Skira Rizzoli) is for sale in stores and online now.