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LIVE from the NYPL: Timothy Greenfield-Sanders with André Leon Talley, Tim Gunn & Martha Nelson

September 12, 2006

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From ever-thicker fashion magazines like Vogue to hit TV shows like Project Runway, the fashion industry is hotter than ever. During Olympus Fashion Week, join photographer Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, Vogue's André Leon Talley, PEOPLE Group Editor Martha Nelson, and Tim Gunn of Parsons and Project Runway for a provocative discussion about America's insatiable appetite for fashion and their personal adventures along the way.

For the past three seasons, Timothy Greenfield-Sanders has been backstage at Bryant Park photographing the famous faces who assemble for New York's biannual Olympus Fashion Week. In a studio built especially for him, Timothy has captured an intimate moment with the designers, models, journalists, celebrities, and other A-listers who help define contemporary fashion. With his new book, Look: Portraits Backstage at Olympus Fashion Week, no one has had a better vantage point to record the passion, politics, and creativity that meld together within the fashion world.

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About Timothy Greenfield-Sanders

Timothy Greenfield-Sanders has achieved critical acclaim photographing world leaders and major cultural figures, including presidents, writers, artists, actors, and musicians. He is a contributing photographer at Vanity Fair and his photographs appear regularly in publications worldwide. Greenfield-Sanders' feature documentary, Lou Reed: Rock and Roll Heart, aired on the PBS series American Masters and won a Grammy Award in 1999. His portraits are in numerous museum collections, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Whitney Museum of American Art, and the National Portrait Gallery. In 2003, his series of 700 art-world portraits was accepted into the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art. His book, XXX: 30 Porn-Star Portraits, was the subject of an HBO documentary and a segment on 60 Minutes. Greenfield-Sanders' work will be on view in a one-person show at Museo di Capodimonte in Naples beginning in October 2006.


About André Leon Talley

André Leon Talley joined Vogue as Fashion News Director in 1983 and then served as Creative Director until 1995. Prior to returning to Vogue in 1998, as Editor at Large, Talley lived in Paris. Talley's first job with Andy Warhol began his career in the world of high style. At The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute, Talley's work with fashion's most legendary authority and his mentor, Diana Vreeland, served to confirm his interest in fashion. He details their relationship in his autobiography, A.L.T.: A Memoir. His latest book, A.L.T. 365+, is his first art monograph which chronicles over 365 days of his life, offering an inside look at the people and places he encounters in his work and travels. He is the 2003 recipient of the CFDA's Eugenia Sheppard Award for Excellence in Fashion Journalism, on the board of The Savannah College of Art and Design, and an active member of The Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem.


About Tim Gunn

Tim Gunn is Chair of the Department of Fashion Design at Parsons The New School for Design. Gunn has lectured widely on fashion and his interviews have appeared in publications as diverse as Time and Newsweek, Crain's New York Business, Martha Stewart Living, Elle Magazine and Women's Wear Daily, and his television interviews have appeared on CBS, NBC, and the Metro Channel. For Bravo's Project Runway, he guides contestants who compete for the opportunity to show in the Bryant Park tents during New York's Olympus Fashion Week.




About Martha Nelson

Martha Nelson was named editor, PEOPLE Group in 2006, overseeing all media properties for the PEOPLE franchise. Earlier this year she was recognized as "Editor of the Year" by AdWeek for her work as PEOPLE's managing editor. Nelson was the founding editor of In Style. Prior to that she was an assistant managing editor at PEOPLE, worked on the launch team of PEOPLE's Australian sister publication, Who Weekly, and was editor-in-chief of Savvy and Women's Sports & Fitness. In 2005 Nelson was named one of the media industry's "21 Most Intriguing" by Media Industry News and for two consecutive years in 2004/2005, Forbes magazine featured her as one of the "World's Most Powerful Women." Nelson was invited to speak at the White House Conference on Missing and Exploited Children and was honored by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children for her work to elevate awareness on the issues surrounding missing children.