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Flamboyant former Vogue artistic director Andre Leon Talley dies at 73

Flamboyant former Vogue artistic director Andre Leon Talley dies at 73

NEW YORK (AFP) – Influential vogue journalist Andre Leon Talley, the primary black artistic director of Vogue, died on Tuesday (Jan 18) in New York on the age of 73, with figures from vogue and leisure paying tribute.

“It’s with nice unhappiness we announce the passing of Andre Leon Talley,” an announcement posted on his official Instagram account mentioned, with out specifying the reason for dying.

“Mr Talley was the larger-than-life, longtime artistic director at Vogue throughout its rise to dominance because the world’s vogue bible.

“Over the previous 5 many years as a world icon, (he) was a detailed confidant of Yves Saint Laurent, Karl Lagerfeld, Paloma Picasso and Diane von Furstenberg, and he had a penchant for locating, nurturing and celebrating younger designers.”

Born in Washington in 1948, Talley was largely raised by his grandmother in Durham, North Carolina, and was all for vogue from an early age.

“Each Sunday, I might stroll throughout the railroad tracks into the prosperous a part of Durham and purchase Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar, and return to my grandmother’s home, learn my magazines.

“I used to be allowed to retreat from the bullying and the sexual abuse into an exquisite world,” he instructed The Guardian in a Could 2020 interview.

Talley studied French at college, occurring to earn a grasp’s at prestigious Brown College after which entered the world of vogue journalism.

After stints with Andy Warhol’s Interview journal, Girls’s Put on Every day, W and a short spell at The New York Instances, Talley joined Vogue as vogue information director in 1983, the identical yr as its now editor-in-chief Anna Wintour.

It was the beginning of a three-decade affiliation with the style bible, serving as artistic director, contributing editor and later editor-at-large till his departure in 2013.

“I scorched the Earth with my expertise and I let my gentle shine,” he instructed The Guardian in his 2020 interview.

A flamboyant and towering determine in vogue, Talley nurtured black designers and lobbied for extra range on the runway.

Apart from his vogue journalism, Talley served as a choose on America’s Subsequent High Mannequin and in addition appeared in episodes of Intercourse And The Metropolis and Empire. He wrote three books, together with his 2020 best-selling memoir The Chiffon Trenches, wherein he detailed his well-known falling out with highly effective Vogue chief Wintour.

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