Died Andre Leon Tali, former creative director and editor-in-chief of Vogue magazine. He was 73 years old.
Telly’s literary agent David Villana confirmed Telly’s death at USA Today late Tuesday, but no further details were available immediately.
Telly was an influential fashion journalist who worked for Women’s Wear Daily and Vogue and was a regular contributor to fashion shows in New York and Europe. His height, significant influence on the fashion world and bold appearance of Telly was grandiose wherever he went, 6 feet 6 inches tall.
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In a 2013 Vanity Fair issue titled The Eye Tower, Tali was described as “perhaps the industry’s most important connection to the past”. Designer Tom Ford told the magazine that Talley was “one of the last great fashion editors who has an incredible sense of fashion history. … He can see everything you do with the original reference, predict what was on your inspiration board. ”
Designer Diane von Furstenberg praised Tally on Instagram, writing: “No one has seen the world in a more glamorous way than you… no one has been more grand and soulful than you.”
In his 2003 memoirs ALT: Memoirs, Telly focused on two of the most important women in his life: his maternal grandmother, Benny Francis Davis, and the late fashion editor Diana Vreeland.
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“Benny Francis Davis may have looked like a typical African-American maid to many people who saw her on a normal day, but I, who could see her soul, could also see her secret: even if she wore a mesh hairdo and work clothes for washing toilets and floors, she wore an invisible tiara, ”he wrote.
His relationship with Vogue began at Duke University, where his grandmother cleaned dormitories; In his youth, Tali walked around campus to read a magazine.
Telly was also a familiar face to the TV audience, acting as a judge America’s best model and appears on Sex in the big city and Empire.
Famous fashion personalities and celebrities have expressed their condolences on social media.
“I loved Andre,” said Tyra Banks Entertainment tonight. “Before meeting him, I never felt that such a prolific man served a rare mixture of fashionable“ fairytale ”and true love for southern comfort. Being in his presence was so magical. He made me smile, laugh and was a master teacher – a brilliant historian.
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Scientist, colleague, fragrant spirit, legend … now you are resting, dear Andre. But your spirit, your je ne sais quoi, your iconic voice … I hear it now. And will be forever. We all will. “
Raised in Durham, North Carolina, Tally worked in a variety of jobs before coming to New York in the 1970s, soon meeting Vreland, forging a friendship that lasted until her death in 1989.
Telly worked as a park ranger in Washington, D.C., and Maryland, where he told visitors about slaves who built Fort Washington and dressed as Civil War soldiers, he told the Associated Press in 2003.
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After working for Interview and Women’s Wear Daily, Tally was hired by Vogue in 1983 as editor-in-chief Anna Wintour and was appointed its creative director in 1988.
Tali released another memoir in 2020, Chiffon trencheswhich included gossip behind the scenes about Wintour and other fashion figures such as the late designer Karl Lagerfeld.
Of all the items of human clothing, Tali considered shoes the most important.
“You can tell everything about a person by what he puts on his feet,” Tali told the AP.
“If it’s a man and you see a reflection of his face on top of his black shoes, it means they’ve been polished to perfection … if it’s a woman and she’s wearing shoes that hurt … well, shoes that hurt , very fashionable! ”
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