André Leon Talley, fashion industry icon and former Vogue creative director, is dead at 73: report

André Leon Talley, fashion industry icon and former Vogue creative director, is dead at 73: report
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  • Fashion industry icon André Leon Talley is dead at 73, reports TMZ.

  • The former Vogue creative director passed away in a hospital in White Plains, New York.

  • Talley had a long-standing career at Vogue, and became its creative director in 1988.

Fashion industry icon André Leon Talley is dead at 73, TMZ reports.

TMZ cited a source with direct knowledge of Talley's death, who said he passed on Tuesday at a hospital in White Plains, New York.

It is unclear what illness Talley was battling at the time of his death. Insider has reached out to Talley's representatives for comment.

Talley appeared to reference personal struggles he was experiencing via Twitter in March 2021, writing: "I cannot thank you all enough for your outpouring of love and concern. I am healthy in mind and spirit and am quite grateful for the many messages from dear friends and extended community."

Talley is known for charting Vogue's coverage in the 80s and 90s as the publication's news director, and later, its creative director. Talley also had a short stint as a judge on "America's Next Top Model," appearing on the show for four seasons.

He was the subject of the 2016 documentary "The Gospel According to André."

Talley published two memoirs — "A.L.T.: A Memoir" in 2003, and "The Chiffon Trenches" in 2020. "Trenches" chronicled his tumultuous relationships with the late Karl Lagerfeld and Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour, and his close friendships with Naomi Campbell and Lee Radziwell.

For his work in fashion, Talley was honored with the Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in April 2021, an award for those who have significantly contributed to French culture.

Fashion designer Diane von Fürstenberg took to Instagram to mourn Talley, writing: "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," von Fürstenberg continued.

Preston Mitchum, a Black civil rights advocate and director of advocacy and government affairs at The Trevor Project, tweeted: "André Leon Talley made it possible for so many Black queer boys and men to express ourselves out loud. No reservations. A legend. An icon. May he rest in peace and power knowing that he paved the way for many people who looked up to him."

"Watch What Happens Live" host Andy Cohen also paid tribute to Talley on his show on Tuesday.

"André — he just was such an incredible life force. When I think of him, he just was boisterous, he was bold, he was lively. We loved having him here. He had a booming voice, he just gave so much energy and love to everyone around him, at all times," Cohen said. "He really was a trailblazer."

Also posting a tribute to Talley on Instagram was actress Viola Davis, who posted a picture of herself and Talley, writing: "RIP Andre Leon Talley. Rest well King ❤️"

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