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Tributes pour in for fashion legend André Leon Talley

Andre Leon Talley, a former editor-at-large for Vogue magazine, died on Tuesday. Picture: AP Photo/Mark Lennihan

Andre Leon Talley, a former editor-at-large for Vogue magazine, died on Tuesday. Picture: AP Photo/Mark Lennihan

Published Jan 20, 2022

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Fashion lovers from across the world are mourning the death of fashion icon André Leon Talley.

The fashion legend died away at the age of 73 in New York on January 18.

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He was a a confidant of Yves Saint Laurent, Karl Lagerfeld, Paloma Picasso, Diane von Furstenberg, Bethann Hardison and Manolo Blahnik. In his years as a fashion journalist, he wrote for magazines such as Vanity Fair, HG, Interview, Ebony and Women's Wear Daily.

He wrote a several books – “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”.

In 1988, he became the editor-at-large and creative director of American Vogue, where he worked until 1995.

To honour his memory, British Vogue described him as a trailblazing pioneer in the fashion world.

“Talley was a great champion of black designers and models. He strove to create more space for people of colour in fashion and give back to the community that raised him, following his dazzling trajectory from the Jim Crow South to the very top of the industry,” it said.

The creative director of the glossy, Edward Enninful, thanked Talley for paving the way.

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He said without Talley, he wouldn’t be where he is today.

See more tributes for Talley below:

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