André Leon Talley: The fashion icon has passed away

Andre Leon Talley
The fashion icon passed away

André Leon Talley performing in New York.

André Leon Talley performing in New York.

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Former Vogue creative director André Leon Talley has died. He became famous as a close collaborator of Anna Wintour.

Fashion legend André Leon Talley has died. He was 73 years old. The author and former creative director of “Vogue” is said to have previously according to US celebrity portal “TMZ” to have been treated in a hospital in New York. The cause of death is not known.

Stars mourn the fashion icon on social media. Designer Diane von Fürstenberg (75), for example, wrote on Instagram: “Goodbye Darling André… Nobody has seen the world more glamorously than you… nobody has been grander and more soulful than you… the world will be less cheerful now. I have loved you and laughed with you for 45 years … I will miss your loud screams and true friendship… I love you sooo much.”

He coined the “Vogue” in the 80s and 90s

Talley joined “Vogue” in 1983 and quickly became the right hand of creative director and editor-in-chief Anna Wintour (72) – a position he held from 1987 to 1995. He subsequently left the magazine and moved to Paris. From 1998 to 2013 he worked again in a leading role for “Vogue”. In the course of his career, Talley also wrote for “W-Magazine”, “Women’s Wear Daily”, “The New York Times” and “Interview” magazine, among others.

Talley also worked as a stylist for the Obamas and was a judge on America’s Next Top Model. He also appeared in other TV formats, such as the cult series “Sex and the City”.