The fashion The world is mourning the sudden news Tuesday night that prominent fashion journalist, New York Times bestselling author and former major Vogue creative director and editor André Leon Talley has passed away at the age of 73.
Talley’s career spans more than 40 years and includes positions at WWD, Interview, Vanity Fair, House & Garden and Vogue, helping him rise through the ranks at a time of little diversity in the top magazines. . He is a fixture in the industry, known for his personality and presence as well as his affinity for vibrant caftans. During the last few years of his career, he lent his fashion expertise to the Met Gala as the host of Vogue’s red carpet and played a campaign star like Ugg’s face last year.
Many of Talley’s close friends and fashion collaborators have begun paying tribute to the late journalist on Instagram, sharing memories of Talley and honoring his legacy.
Fashion Designer Jeremy Scott shared a video of himself and Madonna at the 2017 Met Gala as they were interviewed by Talley for Vogue.
“He was bigger than life and full of life at the same time,” Scott writes. “Legendary status with fashion pedigree and pop culture backs it up too. Vreeland, Warhol, Lagerfeld, Wintour, I grew up watching him do interviews about his collections on TV and in magazines and I remember how surreal it felt when he appeared with Anna Wintour in my second story of an apartment in the then busiest neighborhood of Paris to see a preview of one of my first collections. I remember a few years later, I sat between him and Karl at the Chanel office while Karl made couture accessories. Always witty, always has the latest gossip and always has a smile on his face. ”
Designer Rick Owens shared a similar memory of Talley on Instagram, posting a video of the two of them together with the caption: “In 2000, André Leon Talley must have just looked up my listed phone number. and called me all of a sudden on my dirt road in LA exploding over the phone, ‘Is this Rick Owens? This is André Leon Talley, I just saw your clothes in Henri Bendel’s window and you have to meet Anna. ‘ That’s how I started. ”
Diane von Furstenberg shared some of her archival photos with Talley with the caption: “A fashion giant has passed away. Rest in peace dear André Leon Talley’s paradise. ”
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