André Leon Talley, the boundary-breaking Black fashion legend and longtime Vogue creative director, has died at 73.
TMZ reported that Talley died Tuesday at a hospital in White Plains, New York. His cause of death has not been revealed.
A singular voice, Talley rose through the fashion ranks at WWD, Vanity Fair and House and Garden, but it was his tenure at Vogue that defined his illustrious career.
Diane von Furstenberg remembered her friend on Instagram tonight.
“Good bye darling André… no one saw the world in a more glamorous way than you did … no one was grander and more soulful than you were…the world will be less joyful! I have loved you and laughed with you for 45 years…. I miss your loud screams …I love you soooo much.”
From the beginning of his storied career, Talley helped pave the way for many fashion talents, including Manolo Blahnik, a close friend.
“I first met Manolo on Fire Island. I was so impressed with his clothes,” Talley told FN in 2017. “He had beautiful periwinkle blue linen lace-up oxfords, celery green oxfords, pomegranate oxfords. Some of the best times I had with him were in Bath, [England, where the designer still has a home]. He is a fabulous entertainer and raconteur. At Paloma Picasso’s wedding party, Manolo was just amazing, dancing on the balcony with Tina Chow. He is a man who will never stop.”
After he stepped down from his longtime creative director role at Vogue, Talley partnered with a number of big names across the industry.
In 2014, he helped Zappos.com launch its couture site as artistic director.
And more recently, he teamed up with Ugg and presented its parent company Deckers with FN’s 2020 Company of the Year award at the virtual FNAAs.
“I am the No. 1 Ugg fan,” Talley explained. “In fact, you’ve seen me so many times on the front row [during] Fashion Weeks … in the international global fashion cities — Paris, London, Milan and Rome — wearing the classic Ugg boot.”