Fashion industry icon André Leon Talley has passed away at the age of 73. As a fashion journalist and former Vogue creative director—the first Black person to occupy this position—Talley pushed for a more diverse industry, helping to pave the way for designers and models of color to gain more visible, prominent and numerous positions within the industry. His pioneering eye, extravagant style and flamboyant capes created a lasting impact in the fashion industry and general culture at large. To honor his work—and the sacrifices he made to an industry whose predominately white demographic owed him much more—Vogue compiled over 80 photos that commemorate his extradorinaiy life, outfits and influence. Scroll through Talley’s life in pictures at Vogue.
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