Fashion Icon André Leon Talley Is Dead at 73

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LAGOS, NIGERIA - APRIL 20:Fashion journalist André Leon Talley attends Arise Fashion Week on April 20, 2019 in Lagos, Nigeria. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/Getty Images,)
LAGOS, NIGERIA - APRIL 20:Fashion journalist André Leon Talley attends Arise Fashion Week on April 20, 2019 in Lagos, Nigeria. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/Getty Images,)

The fashion world has lost a giant. Legendary Vogue editor and industry icon André Leon Talley has died at 73. According to WWD, Talley passed away on Jan. 18, though the cause of death is still unknown.

Talley's career in fashion spanned six decades, most notably as news director, then creative director and editor-at-large, at Vogue. During his tenure, he helped shape the direction of the magazine in the '80s and '90s, and championed diversity and representation on the runway. He worked closely with Anna Wintour and continued to contribute to Vogue in various capacities even after his departure in 2013. With a storied career and larger-than-life personality, Talley left an indelible mark on the industry.