Fashion Icon and Former Vogue Creative Director André Leon Talley Dead at 73 On Tuesday, TMZ reported that the venerable former Vogue creative director was hospitalized and battling an unknown illness.


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Fashion legend André Leon Talley has died. He was 73.

Talley, has been an icon in the fashion industry, guest starring as a judge on America's Next Top Model, covering red carpet events for ABC, and appearing as a fashion correspondent for Entertainment Tonight.

On Tuesday, TMZ reported that the venerable former Vogue creative director was hospitalized and battling an unknown illness.

Word spread on social media like wildfire with designer Diane von Fürstenberg writing on Instagram, "Good bye darling André ❤️… No one saw the world in a more glamorous way than you did ❤️… no one was grander and more soulful than you were ❤️…the world will be less joyfulI ❤️ I have loved you and laughed with you for 45 years…. I miss your loud screams …I love you soooo much ❤️."

Most notably, Talley was a prominent figure at Vogue starting in 1983 as the magazine's fashion news director. according to PEOPLE, he quickly rose through the ranks to become creative director and editor-in-chief Anna Wintour"s right-hand. He served in that role from 1987 to 1995 when he then left the iconic magazine to move to Paris, While there he worked for W Magazine, returning to his roots having worked there earlier in his career.

The tributes have been pouring in for the fashion legend.

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