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Andre Leon Talley, former editor-in-chief of Vogue, dies at 73

Former Vogue editor-in-chief André Leon Talley died Tuesday at the age of 73.

According to TMZ, the former creative director and editor-in-chief of Vogue has died at a hospital in White Plains, New York. His literary agent, David Villano, confirmed Talley’s death to USA Today late Tuesday night, but no further details were forthcoming immediately.

A post on Talley’s Instagram account announced his passing “with great sadness”.

“Mr. Talley has been an outstanding creative director for a long time as he became the reigning global bible of fashion,” his representatives said.

Talley was an influential fashion journalist, writing for Women’s Wear Daily and Vogue magazines and regularly front-row fashion shows in New York and Europe. At six foot six, Talley looked imposing wherever he went, thanks to his height, significant influence in the fashion world, and bold looks.

In a 2013 Vanity Fair spread titled “The Eyeful Tower”, Tully was described as “arguably 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 with an incredible sense of fashion history. … It can see everything you do with the original link, predict what was on your inspiration board.”

Edward Enninful, editor-in-chief of British Vogue and European editorial director of Condé Nast, recalled Talley in an Instagram post.

“Rest in peace dear Andre. Without you, there would be no me. Thank you for paving the way,” he wrote.

Designer Diane von Furstenberg praised Tally on Instagram, writing: “No one has seen the world more glamorous than you…no one has been more majestic and soulful than you.”

“Now the world will be less joyful,” she said, adding: “I loved you and laughed with you for 45 years… I will miss your loud cries and your faithful friendship.”

Raised in Durham, North Carolina, Talley worked various jobs before moving to New York in the 1970s.

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

After working for Interview and Women’s Wear Daily magazines, Talley was hired by Vogue in 1983 by editor-in-chief Anna Wintour and appointed its creative director in 1988.

“There was no higher praise that she could give me, as was depicted on the cap. Anna Wintour made me the highest ranking black man in the history of fashion journalism,” Talley wrote in his 2020 memoir Chiffon Trench Coats.

The cause of death has not yet been disclosed.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Isabelle van Brugen is an award-winning journalist, currently a news reporter for The Epoch Times. She holds an MA in newspaper journalism from the City of London University.

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