André Leon Talley, the Pioneering Vogue Editor, Has Died at 73

André Leon Talley wore many hats at Vogue—fashion news director, creative director, and editor-at-large—during a career that spanned more than two decades

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André Leon Talley, the larger-than-life former Vogue editor, has died at 73. Below, a statement from Anna Wintour. Take a closer look at Talley's life and legacy:

André Leon Talley wore many hats at Vogue—fashion news director, creative director, and editor-at-large—during a career that spanned more than two decades

staffer once dubbed Talley, was also the industry’s biggest champion and booster, the first editor backstage, quick with encouraging advice or a course correction. His enthusiasm was prodigious.Voguepaper my room with Joe DiMaggio and Burt Reynolds.” From the Met, Talley went on to work at Andy Warhol’s

Voguemagazine from Paris, he continued to work atVogue. In that documentary, Talley says, “you don’t get up and say, ‘look, I’m Black and I’m proud,’ you just do it and it impacts the culture.” Nonetheless, he wasPhoto: Getty Images

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It’s time for leadership that recognizes the contributions and basic humanity of employees. The culture of fear is as tired and outré as 70s Naugahyde I see Wintour's hand in this. Dispassionate and by-the-way afterthought like. He was bigger in spirit and kinder as a human being than your mediocre magazine

Heaven is about to undergo an extreme make-over except for the single strand pearly gates! Anna treated him like a POS. Q What a loss 💔♥️ Rest AndreLeonTalley ♥️♾ I think he should be on the cover of Vogue It’d be a great tribute! shocked...this is heartbreaking What the holy hell kind of picture is that?

Quel dommage! May his soul rest in perfect peace So disrespectful to wait until there was a backlash - then put out something so cold and impersonal. Time for a change at Vogue - someone with a more global view. RestInPeace

André Leon Talley Dies: Onetime Vogue Editor-At-Large, Fashion Icon Was 73André Leon Talley, the fashion icon who was once Vogue’s creative director and later its editor-at-large in the U.S. has died. The news was first reported by TMZ and later confirmed via a sta… What the fuck does onetime mean why is your headlines always do sassy OMG Sad news to hear! May he rest in peace

What took you so long? No wonder Vogue is the tacky rag it is now. Is that it? I expected a genuine tribute from Vogue. Seems like a rather, cold, impersonal way of noting Andre Leon Talley's passing. HE helped keep Vogue in the news. Isn't that worth something, ? Show some emotion, some gratitude, something other than a few boring details most know. Anything personal SMH 🥺

Oh, no! Condolences to his loved ones and legions of fans. He was one of a kind and I admired him. A trail-blazer for so many, whose influence will not be forgotten Tell Anna she’s gonna have to put AndreLeonTalley on a cover so we know she really means her statement 😏 we are waiting So sorry, he will be missed by all, I'm a forever admirer of his, and Heaven is going to get a Vogue Make Over, all the angels will be looking fab

André Leon Talley, trailblazing fashion journalist, former Vogue creative director, dies at 73Trailblazing fashion journalist André Leon Talley died Tuesday in New York at the age of 73. His death was confirmed on his Instagram account. Que en pace descanse Rest In Peace RIP,u will be missed. Aw Leon

I read the books and am the age to have read Vogue when Vreeland was alive..poor Anna too little too late girl.. he gone True visionary and icon. Respect to the brotha 🙏🏽 But- You reduced this great man’s achievements and made him sound like a court jester. You should be ashamed of yourself. Anna and that Bob should sit down with the fakeness.

girl bye I personally would love to see a biopic about how Vogue punished him and disregarded all his work only to attribute the company’s success to a privileged white brat with zero sense of style can't post a picture? You treated him like dirt, Anna. You think anyone will genuinely mourn *you*? I suppose they can blame botox for their unmoved faces…

But we all know she was unkind to him so many times. That's sad. He will be missed.

André Leon Talley, fashion icon and longtime creative director of Vogue, dies at 73Fashion icon and former Vogue editor André Leon Talley has died at age 73, a statement released on his official Instagram confirmed. Who 💔

If he was a friend why did you cut him off for being “uncool” and “overweight”? Too late! What in the name of shady tributes is this? 👀 Very nice how she takes all credit for his talent and work. 🙄🙄🙄 Why is her statement the first thing y’all posted? No picture……nothing? Anything of actual respect? 'Complicated moments...' Sad story. I think André Leon Talley deserved better.

Why did you make fun of him for being fat then you cruel snatch? Finally 👀 Took long enough after people started calling it out. It's about time..

Andre Leon Talley, Fashion Journalist and Former Editor-at-Large of Vogue, Dies at 73 (Report)A hugely influential figure, Talley served a number of key roles at Vogue during the 1980s and 1990s and also worked at W and Women’s Wear Daily. 😱😱😱 Oh, wow. RIP Rest in peace 🙏 🕊 ☮ 😌 ☹️ 😔

It took the entire world noticing your snub of even giving his death a timely response. Wow.

Former Vogue editor and fashion icon Andre Leon Talley dies aged 73Andre Leon Talley has reportedly died after battling an unspecified illness. The fashion journalist was instrumental to Vogue's vision during the 1980s and 1990s DailyMirror ❤️

Vogue Legend Andre Leon Talley Dead at 73Andre Leon Talley, a giant in the fashion world, has died at 73. OMG ❗️❗️❗️❗️❗️❗️🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷😵😵😵😵😵😵😵😵😵😵😵😵😵😵 BeeMichelle Damn 😢 Good riddance

editor , has died at 73. Talley was a man of grand pronouncements, extravagant capes, and friends in design studios from New York to Paris—Marc Jacobs, Tom Ford, Diane von Furstenberg, Karl Lagerfeld, and many more. When the news of his death from a heart attack broke late last night, many of his friends in fashion and beyond took to social media to express their grief, and a theme emerged. The “pharaoh of fabulosity,” as another Vogue staffer once dubbed Talley, was also the industry’s biggest champion and booster, the first editor backstage, quick with encouraging advice or a course correction. His enthusiasm was prodigious. “The loss of Andre is felt by so many of us today: the designers he enthusiastically cheered on every season, and who loved him for it; the generations he inspired to work in the industry, seeing a figure who broke boundaries while never forgetting where he started from; those who knew fashion, and Vogue, simply because of him; and, not forgetting, the multitude of colleagues over the years who were consistently buoyed by every new discovery of Andre’s, which he would discuss loudly, and volubly—no one could make people more excited about the most seemingly insignificant fashion details than him. Even his stream of colorful faxes and emails were a highly anticipated event, something we all looked forward to,” said Anna Wintour. “Yet it’s the loss of Andre as my colleague and friend that I think of now; it’s immeasurable. He was magnificent and erudite and wickedly funny—mercurial, too. Like many decades-long relationships, there were complicated moments, but all I want to remember today, all I care about, is the brilliant and compassionate man who was a generous and loving friend to me and to my family for many, many years, and who we will all miss so much.” Talley got his start in fashion with an unpaid apprenticeship to Diana Vreeland at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute, a position he seemed to have willed into being. He once reported that his bedroom “was wallpapered with images out of Diana Vreeland’s Vogue … I did not paper my room with Joe DiMaggio and Burt Reynolds.” From the Met, Talley went on to work at Andy Warhol’s Interview, Women’s Wear Daily , and the New York Times, before taking the fashion news director job at Vogue in 1983. Anna Wintour named him creative director in 1988 and aside from a three-year run when he contributed to W magazine from Paris, he continued to work at Vogue He was the first Black man to hold his position at Vogue , and oftentimes he was the only Black person in the front row at fashion shows. “He was like the Black Rockette… he was the one,” said Whoopi Goldberg, pointing out the whiteness of the industry in the 2018 biopic The Gospel According to André . In that documentary, Talley says, “you don’t get up and say, ‘look, I’m Black and I’m proud,’ you just do it and it impacts the culture.” Nonetheless, he was about LaQuan Smith, and other designers of color. Talley and Naomi Campbell at the Tanqueray Sterling Ball in New York, 1989. Photo: Getty Images Talley and Diane von Furstenberg attend a DVF Beauty launch at Henri Bendel in New York, 2003. Photo: Getty Images Talley and Alber Elbaz attend the “Poiret: King of Fashion” Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2007. Photo: Getty Images In 2003, Talley wrote his first book ALT: A Memoir , which he followed up in 2020 with T he Chiffon Trenches