A fashion icon pioneer and influencer, Andre Leon Talley has died. Well known for his television appearances on sex in the city and america’s next top model, tally was the former creative director for vogue magazine and widely considered a trailblazer.
He was instrumental to vogues vision and direction in the 80’s and 90’s. Andre leon talley, the towering former creative director and editor at large of vogue magazine passed away in a white plains, new york hospital on Tuesday.
He was 73 years old, often clad in giant flowing robes. tally was an influential fashion journalist who worked under andy warhol at interview magazine and women’s wear daily in paris before joining vogue in 1983. he was hired by editor-in-chief anna wintour, who later appointed tally as creative director in 1988. and later editor at large, which he held until 2013 he continued to contribute to the magazine after work known for his genius.
Sense of fashion and its history, talley was a regular in the front row at fashion shows in new york and throughout europe. he stood in imposing 6 feet, 6 inches tall and impacted the fashion world with his bold looks born in 1948 in north carolina. he attributed his sense of style and i will and to the churches. he attended growing up with his grandmother who raised him.
He was just a boy when he discovered vogue magazine at a library on the campus of duke university where his grandmother worked as a maid. Despite his humble beginnings, tally became a fashion icon, author speaker and one of the most influential fashion journalists of all time. He later became widely known to television audiences as a judge on americas next top model and made appearances on sex and the city and empire in 2008.
Tally even became a stylist at the white house for barack obama and michelle obama. he advised the former first lady on her style, introducing her to designer jason wu who went on to create her inaugural gown.
Talley used his power throughout his years in fashion media to advocate for more black models both on runways and in magazine spreads, noting have a black editor stood out at predominantly white fashion shows in paris milan and new york city celebrities and fashionistas alike. mourning his loss. today. the larger than life fashion editor stood out and stood tall in the world of couture.