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vogue creative director andre leon talley has died aged 73.

'it is with great sadness we announce the passing of our dear friend and client, the indomitable andre leon talley on january 18, 2022 in new york,' taa pr said in a statement.

"Over the past five decades as an international icon was a close confidant of Yves Saint Laurent, Karl Lagerfeld, Paloma Picasso and he had a penchant for discovering, nurturing and celebrating young designers".

'Mr Talley was the larger-than-life, long time creative director at Vogue during its rise to dominance as the world's fashion bible.

Throughout his career, Talley also worked at Women's Wear Daily, The New York Times, and Interview Magazine.

He had a long-standing working relationship with Vogue editor Anna Wintour and also served as a judge on America's Next Top Model.

Andre Leon Talley was such an incredible artist, but he was also one of the most genuinely wonderful humans I ’ ve ever met.

Talley began his career in fashion at the age of 28 after snagging a job as a reporter at Women's Wear Daily

belgian designer diane von furstenberg said no one was "good bye darling andré,".

Sharing a picture of him she wrote : "No one saw the world in a more glamorous way than you did.

"The world will be less joyful.

I have loved you and laughed with you for 45 years ...

Talley worked at Vogue on and off between 1983 and 2013 (Picture: Getty Images)

I miss your loud screams ...

I love you soooo much."

"Always so kind and funny, his contribution to fashion and culture is one for the history books."

US actresses Kerry Washington, Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer also posted online tributes to Talley.

washington wrote on instagram : "the whole afterlife is going to be just too fabulous now ... you blessed us with your charm and wit and your taste for the exceptional."

Fashion icon Andre Leon Talley has passed away at the age of 73.

the former vogue died at a hospital in white plains, new york.

His cause of death is unknown.

Talley pictured here with model Kimora Lee Simmons (Picture: Rex Features)

Hilton, 40, reacted to the former creative director and editor-at-large of Vogue magazine's death by sharing a photo of them on her Instagram Story.

Many colleagues and fans of the fashion journalist have paid tribute to him on social media.

actress milla jovovich posted to her instagram page a photo of herself and talley and wrote :' i can't believe what a force of nature has left us today.

always there with the most beautiful smile and open arms, he was so sweet and kind, always so gracious and i imagine the term "fierce" was coined after meeting him,' ' i feel so lucky to have been embraced in his warm glow so many times in my career, because good people are few and far between in this business and you 're much more likely to meet a scowl when going places than his ever present, all encompassing loveliness.

RIP: Canadian singer-songwriter Deborah Cox also expressed her grief

I send you so much love Andre.

It was an honor and a privilege. '

He served as Vogue's Fashion News Director from 1983 to 1987 before becoming Creative Director in 1988.

talley stayed in the role until 1995 and moved to paris, where he returned to vogue in 1995 as editor-at-large.

Talley is pictured with Karl Lagerfeld and Tommy Hilfiger

he remained with the magazine in 2013.

Often regarded as a fashion icon, he was known for advocating for diversity in the global fashion industry.

He made me smile, laugh and was a masterful teacher – a genius historian. '

Among his other accolades, Talley worked as a stylist for then-President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, and was awarded the Chevalier de l'ordre des Arts et des Lettres honour for arts and letters.

Andre Talley (left) and Kristen McMenamy (right) attend New York City fashion week in the mid 1990s

Talley's literary agent David Vigliano confirmed the news of his death on Tuesday ( 18 January ).

A legend.

An icon.

May he rest in peace and power knowing that he paved the way for many people who looked up to him."

Meanwhile, Octavia Spencer tweeted :' I am sad to hear of Andre Leon Talley's passing.

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