03/15/2013 12:39 pm ET Updated May 15, 2013

Q&A: André Leon Talley On His New Book Of Little Black Dresses

"When my best friends doubt their little black dresses, they call me on the telephone seeking reassurance," André Leon Talley muses in the introduction to his 208-page book that pays proper homage to the Little Black Dress (with a special emphasis on contemporary interpretations). The freshly appointed Numéro Russia's editor-at-large's latest book, which was created as an accompaniment to Talley's exhibit of the same name at Savannah College of Art and Design's SCAD Museum of Art, is an entirely black-and-white photographic affair. But before you get to 80 full-page images, there are personal essays on the LBD by Talley, Robin Givhan, Maureen Dowd, and more.