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Fashion Icon, André Leon Talley Has Died At 73

Former Vogue editor, and fashion icon, André Leon Talley has died at the age 73.

The fashion world mourns the unexpected passing of one of its biggest icons, André Leon Talley. Talley’s death was announced via a statement shared to his official Instagram page confirming the time and day of his death. It reads “It is with great sadness we announce the passing of André Leon Talley on January 18, 2022 in New York,”.

The statement further describes the late Mr Talley to have been the “larger-than-life, longtime creative director at Vogue during its rise to dominance as the world’s fashion bible.”

Talley’s achievements over the course of his successful career were simply iconic. While the shared statement does not reveal the actual cause of his death, it states that for “Over the past five decades as an international icon was a close confidant of Yves Saint Laurent, Karl Lagerfeld, Paloma Picasso and he had a penchant for discovering, nurturing and celebrating young designers. His byline appeared in Vanity Fair, HG, Interview, Ebony and Women’s Wear Daily and he was the editor of Numero Russia,”.

The world also knew him to have been a writer, an author of many books. Some of his books include “Valentino, A.L.T.: A Memoir, A.L.T. 365+ and Little Black Dress for Assouline, and contributed to Valentino: At the Emperor’s Table and Cartier Panthère.” According to a report by ABC News, Talley will best be remembered for “shaping U.S. Vogue and fashion as a whole”.

Talley worked as Vogue’s fashion news director for 4 years (1983-1987), and as its creative director for 7 years (1988-1995). He was also Vogue’s editor-at-large until 2003. Talley was involved with several other fashion magazines, and brands for the remainder of his amazing career. He is also known to have starred as a judge in “America’s Next Top Model” for 4 seasons”.

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