Fashion icon Andre Leon Talley has passed away at the age of 73.
According to TMZ, the former Vogue creative director ‘passed away Tuesday at a hospital in White Plains, NY.’ His cause of death is unknown.
Talley is remembered as a driving force in Vogue’s success, serving as the magazine’s long-acclaimed former creative director and American editor-at-large through the 80s and 90s.
He worked alongside Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour for several years, developing a close friendship with the notoriously icy editor, until she froze him for being ‘too old, too overweight, too uncool’.
He claimed, in a memoir released in 2020, that he was left with ‘huge emotional and psychological scars’ from his decades long friendship with Wintour. However, he also credited her, along with Diana Vreeland and Andy Warhol, shaping his career.
‘I will not criticize her,’ he said in a May 2020 interview with Vulture. ‘My book is an epistle to everyone that I love. It’s a love letter to Anna Wintour. I love her deeply.’
Following his career at Vogue, Talley remained prominent in the fashion world, serving as a judge on America’s Next Top Model alongside creative director Tyra Banks, Jay Manuel and runway coach J. Alexander for four seasons.
Fashion icon Andre Leon Talley has passed away at the age of 73. According to TMZ , the former Vogue creative director ‘passed away Tuesday at a hospital in White Plains, NY.’
He worked alongside Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour for several years, developing a close friendship with the notoriously icy editor, until she froze him for being ‘too old, too overweight, too uncool’. The pair are pictured together in 2003
Talley began his career in fashion at the age of 28 after snagging a job as a reporter at Women’s Wear Daily.
He’d moved to New York City in the 1970s following a stint in Rhode Island where he attended the prestigious Brown University.
The journalist had been awarded a scholarship to the school after earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in French Literature at the North Carolina Central University in 1970.
Talley earned a Master’s degree in French studies in 1972, with initial plans to become a French teacher – which were later thwarted by his involvement in the NYC art scene where he mingled with the likes of Andy Warhol and Karl Lagerfeld.
After reporting for Women’s Wear Daily, Andre became the protégé of former editor-in-chief of Vogue, Diana Vreeland, who’d manned the publication from 1962 until 1971.
Fashion figure: He was the long-acclaimed former creative director and American editor-at-large of Vogue through the 80s and 90s; Andre seen with Anna Wintour in 1999
Andre Talley (left) and Kristen McMenamy (right) attend New York City fashion week in the mid 1990s
At the time, Diana was working as director for the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Talley assisted her in the role which saw her stage countless exhibitions.
From there, Talley lent his natural writing talents to publications like Interview magazine, the New York Times, among others before stepping into his role at Vogue.
He served as the Fashion News Director from 1983 to 1987 before becoming Creative Director in 1988.
Andre stayed in the role until 1995.
Talley began his career in fashion at the age of 28 after snagging a job as a reporter at Women’s Wear Daily
Back in 2003, Talley discussed his deep rooted love for Vogue which he’d been fascinated with since his teen years during a sit-down chat with Interview magazine.
‘Vogue was my hobby, and no one in my family ever had a copy of the magazine in the house until I did,’ said the fashion figure, who grew up in North Carolina under the care of his grandmother.
‘The big experience was on Sundays after church. I’d wash the dishes, walk to the white part of town … to the newsstand that was open on Sundays. That was my big joy.’