In Memoriam: Fallen Stars of 2021

Vogue icon André Leon Talley, a former editor of Vogue journal, has died at age 73.

Designer Diane von Furstenberg confirmed his passing in a tribute posted to Instagram on Jan. 18. She wrote, "Nobody noticed the world in a extra elegant and glamorous means than you probably did … nobody was extra soulful and grander than you had been."

DVF shared, "the world might be much less joyful now," including, "I've beloved you and laughed with you for 45 years…. I'll miss your loud screams and your loyal friendship."

In line with TMZ, he died at a hospital in White Plains, New York. His reason for dying is unknown.

The former editor-at-large obtained his grasp's diploma at Brown College earlier than taking the style business by storm within the 1970s and 80s. In Vogue, he is quoted as saying, "I really like folks—it's not the style, it's the folks in style I really like."

In 1988, Talley turned the journal's inventive director, which was a history-making transfer on the time. "There was no greater accolade she may give me, because the masthead portrayed. Anna Wintour made me the highest-ranking black man within the historical past of style journalism," he wrote in his e-book, The Chiffon Trenches


He has since detailed his interactions with Yves Saint Laurent, Princess Diana, Madonna and extra stars again within the day. His 2020 memoir additionally make clear his working relationship with Wintour and friendship with the late Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld.

Talley went on to make cameo appearances in Empire and Intercourse and the Metropolis and starred as a choose on America's Subsequent Prime Mannequin. 

The stylish critic was moreover the main target of the 2018 documentary The Gospel In line with André.

Per a synopsis of the movie, "André Leon Talley—unmistakable in his regal stature, his fiercely authentic means with phrases, and his incomparable historic data of couture—has been a fixture of the style world for greater than 40 years."

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It continued, "The viewer is invited again to his childhood in Jim Crow-era North Carolina. His beloved grandmother, Bennie, raised him, education him in decorum, faith, and, unsurprisingly, garments, sparking an early and highly effective love for all issues style This led him to New York Metropolis, the place he battled—and continues to battle—each racist and homophobic assumptions about black males within the business." The movie "pulls again the curtain on this towering icon."

As Talley wrote on Twitter final March, "I've skilled many peaks and valleys in my life and stay fairly resilient."

Learn extra of his life story by clicking here.

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