André Leon Talley, former Vogue editor and influential American fashion journalist, dies


André Leon Talley, the former creative director and editor-in-chief of vogue review, died. He was 73 years old.

Talley’s literary agent, David Vigliano, confirmed Talley’s death to USA today late Tuesday, but no further details were immediately available.

Talley was an influential fashion journalist who worked at Daily Women’s Clothing and vogue and was a regular at fashion shows in New York and Europe. At six-foot-six, Talley cut a commanding figure wherever he went, with his stature, considerable influence in the fashion world, and bold looks.

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“He will be greatly missed,” wrote O magazine, saying: “During his career, Talley – a former O editor-in-chief – worked his way up the industry ladder to his highest echelons, working as Paris bureau chief for Daily Women’s Clothing and become the first black man to hold the title of Creative Director at American vogue.”

In a 2013 vanity lounge broadcast titled “The Eyeful Tower”, Talley has been described as “perhaps the industry’s most important link to the past”. Designer Tom Ford told the magazine that Talley was “one of the last great fashion editors who has an incredible sense of fashion history. He can see through everything you do to the original reference, predict what was on your inspiration board.

Designer Diane von Furstenberg praised Talley on Instagram, writing, “no one saw the world more glamorously than you…no one was grander and more moving than you.”

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In his 2003 memoir, ALT: A memoirTalley focused on two of the most important women in his life: his maternal grandmother, Bennie Frances Davis and the late fashion editor Diana Vreeland.

“Bennie Frances Davis may have looked like a typical African-American housekeeper to many people who saw her on an ordinary day, but I, who could see her soul, could also see her secret: that even though she wore a net hair and work clothes to scrub the toilets and floors, she wore an invisible tiara, ”he wrote.

His relationship with vogue started at Duke University, where his grandmother cleaned the dorms; Talley would travel to campus as a youth to read the magazine.

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Talley was also a familiar figure to viewers, serving as a judge on America’s top model and appearing on sex and the city and Empire.

Raised in Durham, North Carolina, Talley held various jobs before arriving in New York in the 1970s, soon meeting Vreeland and forming a friendship that lasted until her death in 1989.

Talley worked as a ranger in Washington, D.C. and Maryland, where he told visitors about the slaves who built Fort Washington and dressed up as Civil War soldiers, he said The Associated Press in 2003.

After passages with Interview magazines and Daily Women’s ClothingTalley was hired at vogue in 1983 by editor Anna Wintour and was named creative director in 1988.

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Talley published another memoir in 2020, Chiffon trench coats which included behind-the-scenes gossip tales about Wintour and other fashion personalities like the late designer Karl Lagerfeld.

Of all the elements of a person’s clothing, Talley considered shoes to be the most important.

“You can tell everything about a person by what they put on their feet,” Talley told the PA.

“If it’s a man and you can see the reflection of his face on the top of his black shoes, that means they’ve been polished to perfection. … If it’s a woman and she wears shoes that hurt… well, shoes that hurt are very fashionable!

Talley’s death was first reported by a celebrity website TMZ.


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