How did Andre Leon Talley die? Vogue fashion editor, 73, had his own radio show

Andre Leon Talley's career spanned as many as six decades, in which he wrote about fashion in several publications such as Women’s Wear Daily and W


                            How did Andre Leon Talley die? Vogue fashion editor, 73, had his own radio show
Talley is also the subject of a documentary film named 'The Gospel According to André' (andreltalley/Instagram)

Influential fashion journalist and former editor-at-large of US Vogue, André Leon Talley, has died aged 73. Talley died at a hospital in White Plains, New York. His cause of death is yet to be disclosed.

Talley's career spanned as many as six decades, in which he wrote about fashion in several publications such as Women’s Wear Daily, W, and even New York Times. He served as the US Vogue's news director, creative director and as well as editor-at-large. Talley worked closely with EIC Anna Wintour.

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Talley was also a popular LGBT icon, although he never specifically mentioned that he was gay. During his appearance on The Wendy Williams Show in 2018, he was asked about his sexual orientation, to which he answered, "No, I'm not heterosexual; I'm saying I'm fluid in my sexuality, darling."

In January 2017, Talley live-blogged the Trump inauguration with New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd. In April, he started hosting his own radio show concerning fashion and pop culture on Sirius XM satellite station Radio Andy. He is the subject of a documentary film named 'The Gospel According to André', directed by Kate Novack and screened in September 2016 at the Toronto Film Festival.

Variety reviewed the film, saying, "The documentary is a deeply loving, frequently beautiful testament to the former Vogue editor, who rose from humble beginnings in North Carolina to become arguably the high fashion world’s first major African-American tastemaker, as well as the type of multi-lingual, Russian-lit-citing public intellectual who is perfectly at ease gossiping on TV with Wendy Williams."

Talking about his love for fashion, Talley wrote in one of his Instagram posts, "My fashion evolved from my growing up in the South. First, I had a sense of style that was traditional and impeccable – suits and white shirts and the luxury of beautiful clothes to go to church in. I evolved from that. I was wearing suits up until about the age of 40, 45."

"I evolve my own style based on my own historical research into iconic people like Louis XIV or Louis XV, or the French courts, or the traditional wear of North African men – shirts to the floor or djellabas or kaftans or baboosh, the slide without the back. So, my style has evolved over the years into comfort and basically that’s why I like UGG, because it’s a comfortable shoe, and it’s almost like wearing a bedroom shoe for the whole day. That just makes life easier," he added. "I love beautiful luxury shoes. I have wardrobes of Manolo Blahnik shoes made just for me and wardrobes of John Lobb shoes (which I could not afford today) and Berluti shoes, Roger Vivier shoes, Tom Ford shoes, but as beautiful as your foot looks in these custom-made shoes, there’s nothing as comfortable as wearing an UGG slipper."



 

Social media users mourned Talley's death, with several tributes and condolences pouring in. "“i don’t live for fashion, i live for beauty and style. fashion is fleeting, style remains.” - andré leon talley 1948-2022. my heart hurts. rest in power ALT. xx," one user wrote. "rest in peace andré leon talley your impact on the fashion industry will continue to live on forever," another user commented, while one wrote, "RIP André Leon Talley—you taught me at a young age to enter the whitest spaces and blind them with vibrancy, wit, and disruptive creativity."



 



 



 

"Andrè Leon Talley was a fashion God. May his soul be at peace," one user commented. Another user wrote, sharing a video, "RIP fashion journalist, André Leon Talley Here he is w/ Rihanna at one of her Savage X Fenty shows. He once called her the “Empress of Beauty”, and commended her on her ability to “create the new norm for fashion presentations”. We will miss him!" Sharing a video, one user wrote, "This is still by far one of my favorite André Leon Talley moments. His narration in this video is truly what takes it over the top. May the FASHION GIANT and TRAILBLAZER R.I.P."