The former US Vogue editor-at-large passed away on Tuesday at White Plains Hospital, according to reports.
The influential fashion journalist and stylist was known for his larger-than-life personality and loud personal style.
Following stints at Andy Warhol’s Interview Magazine and Women’s Wear Daily, Andre quickly worked his way up the ranks at fashion bible Vogue, going from fashion news director from 1983 to 1987, to the first African-American creative director from 1988 to 1995.
Andre was appointed the role by Vogue icon Anna Wintour.
In 2020, he released his memoir, ‘The Chiffon Trenches’, in which he told tales about famous fashion figures, including Anna, 72, and the late Karl Lagerfeld, the latter of whom he claimed “could have decimated my reputation in fashion.”
Anna and Andre fell out in 2018 when she replaced him with a YouTube star for the red carpet interviews at the Met Gala and he was still hurt about the snub years later.
He said: “If Anna had called and said, ‘André, we’re thinking of going in a different direction [for the Met ball], it’s important for our brand,’ I would have said, ‘Fine. That’s great.’ And I’d have come in my Tom Ford cape – I always wear Tom Ford – and enjoyed my dinner.
Wintour said the loss of Talley is ‘immeasurable,’ and that she will miss him despite their ‘complicated past.’
“I am in shock. You championed me and you have been my friend since my beginning. Our chats, the moments we shared….oh my friend. You and your passions were larger than life. I love you and I will miss you dear Andre. Rest In Peace,” Marc Jacobs wrote.
Stylist Rachel Zoe also praised Talley for encouraging her to be confident and to stop letting the fear of failure hold her back.
“I can honestly say the world just became a little less glamorous today,” she commented. “You will be missed by so many and I thank you for inspiring me and countless others with your passion and infinite wisdom. You were so kind and supportive of me when others weren’t and I am forever grateful.”