Andre Leon Talley: Celebrities Pay Tribute to Former Vogue Creative Director
Tributes from the world of fashion and showbiz are paid to former Vogue creative director Andre Leon Talley, who died aged 73
The “indomitable” fashion designer and journalist died in New York on Tuesday, his TAA PR reps said in a statement.
Over a five-decade career, he befriended big names in the fashion world, including Yves Saint Laurent, Karl Lagerfeld and Paloma Picasso.
“It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our dear friend and client, the indomitable Andre Leon Talley, on January 18, 2022 in New York City,” TAA PR said.
“Mr. Talley was the larger-than-life longtime creative director of Vogue during its rise to prominence as the global fashion bible.
“Over the past five decades, as an international icon, he has been a close confidant of Yves Saint Laurent, Karl Lagerfeld, Paloma Picasso and he had a penchant for discovering, nurturing and celebrating young designers”.
As a fashion journalist, he worked for Women’s Wear Daily and Vogue and was a regular on fashion shows in New York and Europe.
His byline has also appeared in other publications, including Vanity Fair, HG and Interview, and he served as editor of Numero Russia.
Tributes to Talley poured in from celebrities and her contemporaries in the fashion industry.
Actress and model Milla Jovovich lamented the loss of a “force of nature” in her tribute and said she felt “lucky” to have met him several times in her career.
“Andre Leon Talley was such an amazing artist, but he was also one of the most genuinely wonderful humans I’ve ever met,” she said.
“Always there with the loveliest smile and open arms, he was so sweet and kind, always so gracious and I imagine the term ‘fierce’ was coined after I met him.
“I feel so lucky to have been embraced in its warm glow so many times in my career, because good people are rare in this business and you’re much more likely to encounter a scowl when you go places than its ever present, all encompassing beauty.
“Sending you so much love André. It has been an honor and a privilege”.
Belgian designer Diane von Furstenberg said no one was “grander and more moving”.
Sharing a photo of him, she wrote: “Goodbye darling André.
“No one saw the world more glamorously than you did…no one was grander and more moving than you were
“The world will be less joyful. I loved you and laughed with you for 45 years…. I miss your loud cries… I love you so much”.
American costume designer Arianne Phillips, known for her work on films including Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, said Talley was a “larger than life icon”.
She wrote on Instagram: “Andre Leon Talley pioneer, dapper gentleman, fashion editor, writer, journalist with a singular voice – his witty repartee, larger than life icon.
“Always so kind and funny, his contribution to fashion and culture is one for the history books. What sad news to hear of his passing. Rest in power André”.
American actresses Kerry Washington, Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer have also posted online tributes to Talley.
Washington joked that the afterlife would be “just too fabulous” after Talley’s death.
“O Andrew! Heaven is not ready for you my darling! she wrote on Instagram.
“The whole afterlife is going to be just too fabulous now. Ugh! You have blessed us! Sir! You have blessed us with your charm and your wit and your taste for the exceptional.
“You’ll shine so brightly from the sky that we’ll know what real fame looks like.
“And we will always be watching you. In admiration. And with gratitude. Rest in peace”.
“I am sad to learn of the passing of Andre Leon Talley. My thoughts and prayers go out to his loved ones,” Spencer wrote on Twitter.
“RIP André Leon Talley. Rest well King,” Davis said.