Granny’s usually know what is what — but in Andre Leon Talley’s case, grandma must have just been in denial. Pop the hood for his story about how his grandmother tried to cut his Vogue internship short because she thought he was getting some of that forbidden fruit! Details on the flippy
Last weekend, Vogue’s contributing editor Andre Leon Talley led a Q&A session with designer Diane von Furstenberg at the Savannah College of Art and Design, where he told the following story from his internship days with legendary editor Diana Vreeland:
She gave me more things to do—go do this, and go do that. I learned so much. The best thing was that after the [Metropolitan Museum of Art] show, she took me into her office and said to me, “You will not go home over Christmas. You will stay in New York. It will happen for you. You cannot go home over Christmas.”
I’d never been away from home for Christmas. But I said, “Okay Mrs. Vreeland, I will stay in New York.”
So I had a very bleak Christmas.
Christmas Eve, I was in my friend’s apartment—he’d gone to his parents’ house—and there was nothing in the cupboard to eat. There was Hershey’s chocolate syrup, so I took a can opener and opened it. And this beautiful silver spoon. And I just sat there, eating Hershey’s chocolate syrup.
And the telephone rings and it’s my grandmother. She said, “How are you?”
“I’m sending your father right now, he’s driving up in the night to come get you. He’s bringing you home for Christmas.”
I said, “I’m fine. Mrs. Vreeland said I can’t go home.”
“No no no, your father is coming in the car, overnight. You’re coming home.”
I said, “Everything’s fine, why do I have to go home?”
“I want you home,” she said. “Because I know exactly what you’re doing.”
I said, “What is that?”
“You’re sleeping with a white woman!”
Pure comedy for reals! Guess Granny probably got a clue once he started rockin’ those “interesting getups”.