Entertainment Andre Leon Talley, Fashion Journalist and Former Editor-at-Large of Vogue, Dies at 73
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André Leon Talley, the hugely influential fashion journalist and flamboyant former editor-at-large of U.S. Vogue, has died. He was 73.
Talley’s literary agent confirmed his passing to The Hollywood Reporter on Tuesday. Other details, including the cause of death, were not released.
A towering figure in fashion, both literally given he was 6-foot-6 and figuratively due to a career that spanned six decades, Talley wrote about fashion at a number of publications including Women’s Wear Daily, W and even a brief stint at the New York Times, but it is American Vogue that he is indelibly associated with, serving variously as the magazine’s news director, creative director and as well as editor-at-large working closely with EIC Anna Wintour.
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A trailblazer, Talley was one of the most high profile, and all-too-rare, Black fashion editors and worked tirelessly to promote more diversity on the runway and in the creative ranks of high fashion.
Born in 1948 in Washington D.C. to William and Alma, Talley was raised by his grandmother Bennie Davis in North Carolina, where she worked as a maid at a Duke University college dormitory. Fashion piqued Talley’s interest at an early age, and, that “every Sunday I would walk across the railroad tracks into the affluent part of Durham and buy Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar, and go back to my grandmother’s house, read my magazines. I was allowed to retreat from the bullying and the sexual abuse into a beautiful world.”
He won a scholarship to study at Brown University, completing an M.A. in French Studies with aspirations of later becoming a French teacher. He wrote his master’s thesis on the correspondence between the 19th-century artist Delacroix and the poet Baudelaire and graduated in 1972.
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