Quantcast
Channel: The Young, Black, and Fabulous®
Viewing all articles
Browse latest Browse all 20702

R.I.P.: Andre Leon Talley - Fashion Icon & Former VOGUE Editor At Large - Dies At 73

0
0

In extremely sad and unexpected news, Andre Leon Talley - the fashion icon - has passed away. The full story inside.

UPDATE: Andre Leon Talley's IG shared a post to tribute his accomplishments and persona.

 

 

A fashion icon, an industry titan, and history maker.  73-year-old Andre Leon Talley lived a life that was one for the books before his unfortunate passing Tuesday.

ALT's literary agent David Vigliano confirmed Talley's death to USA TODAY late Tuesday, but didn't have any further details. 

TMZ reported he died at a White Plains, NY hospital, but what he was battling at the hospital has yet to be disclosed.

His extra grand life was a match for his extra grand persona, becoming one of the most prominent faces of VOGUE after making history at the iconic magazine over multiple decades.

The North Carolina native started working at VOGUE magazine in 1983, and eventually made history as its first black editor, the magazine's Creative Director, and its Editor-At-Large until 2013.

ALT is synonymous with fashion, being a front row staple at every Fashion Week and always keeping the people on their toes when tit came to giving his opinion on what they're wearing. 

The 6-foot-6 fashion icon wrote two memoirs, "A.L.T.: A Memoir" in 2003 and "The Chiffon Trenches" in 2020, served as a judge over four seasons of "America's Next Top Model" and was the center of the 2017 documentary, "The Gospel According to André." He was, in fact, fashion. 

Whether he rocked his custom tailored suits in the 80's and 90's or his custom, fabulously made capes in recent ties, his fashion IQ was beyond.  He also used his voice to speak up on racism in the fashion world. 

 

 

ALT shocked many of us in his latest book when he said his iconic friendship with Anna Wintour wasn't everything it was cracked up to be, due to him not feeling like he was not given the same opportunities as others to push VOGUE in the direction it really needed to go. He also spoke on the financial incentives not quite being there either.

"I’m not belittling myself to say my strength was in my ability to be beside a small, great, powerful white woman and encourage her vision," he wrote in his memoir of Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, according to the New York Times.

Later, he would defend Wintour, crediting her, Diana Vreeland and Andy Warhol with shaping his career.

"This is not a vengeful ... tell-all," Talley told Vulture in May 2020. "I will not criticize her. My book is an epistle to everyone that I love. It’s a love letter to Anna Wintour. I love her deeply."

 

R.I.P.

A fashion icon, an industry titan, and history maker.  73-year-old Andre Leon Talley lived a life that was one for the books before his unfortunate passing Tuesday.

ALT's literary agent David Vigliano confirmed Talley's death to USA TODAY late Tuesday, but didn't have any further details. 

TMZ reported he died at a White Plains, NY hospital, but what he was battling at the hospital has yet to be disclosed.

His extra grand life was a match for his extra grand persona, becoming one of the most prominent faces of VOGUE after making history at the iconic magazine over multiple decades.

The North Carolina native started working at VOGUE magazine in 1983, and eventually made history as its first black editor, the magazine's Creative Director, and its Editor-At-Large until 2013.

ALT is synonymous with fashion, being a front row staple at every Fashion Week and always keeping the people on their toes when tit came to giving his opinion on what they're wearing. 

The 6-foot-6 fashion icon wrote two memoirs, "A.L.T.: A Memoir" in 2003 and "The Chiffon Trenches" in 2020, served as a judge over four seasons of "America's Next Top Model" and was the center of the 2017 documentary, "The Gospel According to André." He was, in fact, fashion. 

Whether he rocked his custom tailored suits in the 80's and 90's or his custom, fabulously made capes in recent ties, his fashion IQ was beyond.  He also used his voice to speak up on racism in the fashion world. 

 

 

ALT shocked many of us in his latest book when he said his iconic friendship with Anna Wintour wasn't everything it was cracked up to be, due to him not feeling like he was not given the same opportunities as others to push VOGUE in the direction it really needed to go. He also spoke on the financial incentives not quite being there either.

"I’m not belittling myself to say my strength was in my ability to be beside a small, great, powerful white woman and encourage her vision," he wrote in his memoir of Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, according to the New York Times.

Later, he would defend Wintour, crediting her, Diana Vreeland and Andy Warhol with shaping his career.

"This is not a vengeful ... tell-all," Talley told Vulture in May 2020. "I will not criticize her. My book is an epistle to everyone that I love. It’s a love letter to Anna Wintour. I love her deeply."

 

Rest in fabulous fashion, Mr. Talley.

Photo: Getty


Viewing all articles
Browse latest Browse all 20702