First African American Editor of Vogue Dies At 73

Andre Leon Talley, former creative director of Vogue diesw from heart attack.


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Talley in one of his signature capes, next to the director of the Fashion Institute of Technology, Valerie Steele

Araminta Siegling, Culture Editor

Vogue’s first African American editor, and close friend of icon Anna Wintour, Andre Leon Talley, died on January 18th at 73. Talley’s work with Vogue, and his ability to rise to the top of an industry that was mainly white make him one of the most iconic fashion journalists. Like his friend and current editor of Vogue, Anna Wintour, he had a signature look just as iconic as her bob and oversized sunglasses: capes and caftans. Talley was seen wearing capes designed by the Karl Lagerfeld of Chanel, who was one of the last great losses in the fashion industry. Talley’s work at Vogue helped to create space for people of color in the fashion industry, and his contributions will always be celebrated.