Influential fashion journalist André Leon Talley, the first black to serve as the creative director of the American magazine Vogue magazineHe passed away on Tuesday, January 18, in New York, at the age of 73, according to a statement posted on his Instagram account.
“It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of André Leon Talley”According to the published text. “He has been a global icon for the past five decades, has been a confidant of Yves Saint Laurent, Karl Lagerfeld, Paloma Picasso and Diane von Furstenberg and loved to discover, encourage and celebrate young designers.”
Born in Washington in 1948, André Leon Talley, nicknamed “ALT,” was raised by his grandmother in Durham, North Carolina and became interested in fashion at a very young age. “Every Sunday I cross the railway into the affluent part of Durham to buy Vogue magazine And Harper’s BazaarI went back to my grandmother to read my magazines.”He told the British newspaper Watchman In May 2020. I can get away from harassment and sexual assault and take refuge in a world of beauty. »
André Leon Talley has never openly stated that he is gay. In 2018, the Wendy Williams Show guest announced: “I am not heterosexual. I say that I am fluid in my sex life, my dear. »
He studied French at university, receiving a master’s degree from the prestigious Brown University, before entering the world of fashion journalism.
After looking at the magazine interview Dan Warhol, Lou Women’s daily wearAnd W and a short stay in The New York Times, joined Vogue magazine as Director of Fashion Information in 1983, the same year as Anna Wintour, who became its editor-in-chief. He would remain there for thirty years, until his departure in 2013, with the titles of Creative Director or Editor-in-Chief, forming a leading duo with Anna Wintour.
This prolific giant wanted more variety on the catwalks and supported black designers. Besides his activities as a fashion journalist, he was a judge on the reality show “America’s Next Top Model” and also appeared in some episodes of the series. Sex and the City And empire.
He wrote three books, including his memoirs, in 2020 (chiffon trenchers), a bestselling book chronicling his famous feud with the powerful Anna Wintour.
The world of fashion and culture praised him on social media. Farewell, dear Andrei (…) No one has seen the world more elegant than youDesigner Diane de Furstenberg wrote on Instagram. I’ve loved you and laughed with you for 45 years. »
Actresses Octavia Spencer and Viola Davis shared their grief on Twitter, as did the play’s author slave playJeremy Harris, who wrote it “For a gay black boy who wanted to reach the stars from the south, there were few people there among the stars who looked like me, only more sublime, and whom I could look up to, except you, Andrei”.
I am sad to hear of the passing of André Leon Talley. My thoughts and prayers are with his loved ones.
RIP André Leon Talley. Rest well my king ❤️ 📸 @etnow https://t.co/A6d2eA1m39