The world of fashion and entertainment is paying tribute to André Leon Talley. The former editor-at-large of U.S. Vogue died on Tuesday at the age of 73.
Talley’s career in fashion journalism spanned six decades. He worked at Andy Warhol’s Interview Magazine and Women’s Wear Daily, but became an iconic force at Vogue where he was creative director from 1988 to 1995 before becoming the magazine’s editor-at-large.
Anna Wintour, Vogue’s editor-in-chief paid tribute to Talley via the magazine’s obituary to him.
“The loss of Andre is felt by so many of us today: the designers he enthusiastically cheered on every season, and who loved him for it; the generations he inspired to work in the industry, seeing a figure who broke boundaries while never forgetting where he started from; those who knew fashion, and Vogue, simply because of him; and, not forgetting, the multitude of colleagues over the years who were consistently buoyed by every new discovery of Andre’s, which he would discuss loudly, and volubly—no one could make people more excited about the most seemingly insignificant fashion details than him. Even his stream of colorful faxes and emails were a highly anticipated event, something we all looked forward to,” said Anna Wintour. “Yet it’s the loss of Andre as my colleague and friend that I think of now; it’s immeasurable. He was magnificent and erudite and wickedly funny—mercurial, too. Like many decades-long relationships, there were complicated moments, but all I want to remember today, all I care about, is the brilliant and compassionate man who was a generous and loving friend to me and to my family for many, many years, and who we will all miss so much.”
Octavia Spencer also mourned the loss of Talley, writing “My thoughts and prayers are with his loved ones.”
I am sad to hear of Andre Leon Talley’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with his loved ones.
— octavia spencer (@octaviaspencer) January 19, 2022
Viola Davis shared a photo of herself and Talley together, writing “Rest well King.”
Tony Award and Oscar-nominated costume designer Arianne Phillips called Talley a trailblazer. Phillips, who has worked with Madonna, Lenny Kravitz and Quentin Tarantino, described Talley as a “dapper gentleman, fashion editor, writer, journalist with a singular voice [and a] larger than life icon.”
“Always so kind and funny, his contribution to fashion and culture is one for the history books,” Phillips wrote. “Such sad news to hear of his passing.”
Actor Harvey Fierstein hailed Talley as a “truly original heart, spirit and mind.”
Andre Leon Talley, Vogue Editor and Fashion Legend, Dies at 73 – The Daily Beast…. A truly original heart , spirit and mind. He cast a giant shadow and will not soon be forgotten. What’s loss. https://t.co/Rxixp4A1pE
— Harvey Fierstein (@HarveyFierstein) January 19, 2022
Diane von Furstenberg paid tribute to Talley writing, “Goodbye darling André. No one saw the world in a more glamorous way than you did. No one was grander and more soulful than you were. The world will be less joyful. I have loved you and laughed with you for 45 years… I miss your loud screams… I love you soooo much.”
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“We are saddened to hear of the passing of André Leon Talley,” wrote designer Bob Mackie. “Thank you for your knowledge and passion for fashion and glamour. You will be missed.”
“Slave Play” playwright Jeremy O’Harris also paid tribute. “For a little black gay boy who reached for the stars from the south there were few people I could look up to up there amongst the stars who looked like me just more fab except for you André,” O’Harris wrote. “For a generation of boys André Leon Talley was a beacon of grace and aspiration.”
For a little black gay boy who reached for the stars from the south there were few people I could look up to up there amongst the stars who looked like me just more fab except for you Andre.
For a generation of boysAndre Leon Talley was a beacon of grace and aspiration. RIP 👑 pic.twitter.com/9MzNkKNl45
— NYT Least Relevant Notable of 2021 Jeremy O Harris (@jeremyoharris) January 19, 2022
“Heaven is not ready for you darling!!!!!!” Wrote Kerry Washington in her tribute. “The whole afterlife is going to be just too fabulous now.”
“The Masked Singer” costume designer Marina Toybina posted “Rest in glory.”
Screenwriter Emily V. Gordon called Talley an inspiration and reminded her followers to watch his documentary, “The Gospel According to Andre.”
Oh goodness. What a loss. Andre Leon Talley has been such a inspiration to me. He grew up in North Carolina and was brilliant, bold, and innovative as hell in his work and his life. Watch the doc about him- The Gospel According to Andre- and remember him well. RIP. https://t.co/nbnYa3xWed
— Emily V Gordon (@emilyvgordon) January 19, 2022
The Bravo show “Watch What Happens Live” honored Talley as “a force in fashion, a legendary storyteller.”
RIP André Leon Talley. He was a force in fashion, a legendary storyteller, and a friend to our show. The world has lost yet another icon. pic.twitter.com/NyVqpAC8Vz
— WWHL (@BravoWWHL) January 19, 2022
See more tributes below:
Rest In Peace André Leon Talley.
What a mark you made 😞 🌹🙏🏾 pic.twitter.com/VgLkLDpbWn
— Holly Robinson Peete 💃🏾♍️ (@hollyrpeete) January 19, 2022
Andre Leon Talley
Rest in Peace pic.twitter.com/mAxxqfiFCe
— Franklin Leonard (@franklinleonard) January 19, 2022
— Drew Dixon (@deardrewdixon) January 19, 2022
Too many greats entering the ancestral realm.
But their impact will always be felt and spoken about.
Rest well, André Leon Talley. pic.twitter.com/U0JlcLa5a1
— Morgan Jerkins (@MorganJerkins) January 19, 2022
RIP to a fashion LEGEND. ICON. GEM. Andre Leon Talley. pic.twitter.com/ojPpuu7k0f
— gone girl. (@cassandrapintro) January 19, 2022
Andre Leon Tally has passed. I am heartbroken. He was someone whose heart was as big as his personality. What an icon, what a trailblazer, what a legend, what patriot, what a teddy bear. Rest In Power sir. You will be missed. #andreleontalley pic.twitter.com/i72Cp7EJRf
— Lizz "Watch Feminist Buzzkills Live!" Winstead (@lizzwinstead) January 19, 2022
RIP Andre Leon Talley: a trailblazer, a walking encyclopedia and a true promoter of talent, diversity and change in our industry. His legacy goes beyond fashion. pic.twitter.com/wFn9FlwTNn
— Silvia Tcherassi (@SilviaTcherassi) January 19, 2022
Truly an end of an era https://t.co/VfD1rEqrvL
— CHARLESE ANTOINETTE (@CharleseDesigns) January 19, 2022
RIP Andre Leon Talley…💪🏿❤️
— Kenny Leon (@iamKENNYLEON) January 19, 2022