Fashion journalist André Leon Talley has died at the age of 73. Businessof fashion.com says Talley died of a heart attack but this has not been confirmed.
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According to The Hollywood Reporter
, while Talley’s literary agency, David Vigliano, confirmed Talley’s passing yesterday, on Tuesday, however “other details, including the cause of death, were not released”.Talley was a hugely influential figure who was a trailblazer in the fashion industry, overcoming, by his own account, ageism, racism and weight discrimination. In the 1980s and 90s he served in number of key roles at Vogue
, including editor-at-large for the brand. “Talley worked at WWD, Interview, Vanity Fair, House & Garden
, in between dancing at Studio 54, interviewing Rihanna on the Met Gala red carpet, and Michelle Obama for the pages of Vogue
. With his baritone voice, vibrant caftans and unmistakable presence, Talley was a forthright personality in an industry filled with notable forces,” says WWD.comThe Hollywood Reporter
describes him as “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,” says the publication.