Andre Leon Talley is a fashion landmark. He is the imposing figure who sits next to Anna Wintour on the front row, swathed in yards and yards of fabrics. Talley joined US Vogue as fashion news editor in 1983, and after three decades on the FROW is fashion week royalty. You might also recognise him from his ANTM days and Sex and the City cameo.
Andre started out at Andy Warhol's Interview Magazine in 1975, assisting and writing profiles for just $50 a week. He then volunteered at the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where he caught the eye of the legendary Diane Vreeland. When he moved to Vogue he was regularly photographed chuckling next to Anna Wintour, being oh so fash-wan with Naomi Campbell and hanging out with, err, Puff Daddy.
Is Anna LOL-ing?! The front row at Calvin Klein in 2002
Fendi cossak hats, empress coats and tassled shoes are his thing. As for those colossal cloaks, he estimates that he owns 35 all made especially for him by designers. Tom Ford said to Vanity Fair of his style: 'André is very clever with the way he dresses, when you are that scale. He’s turned himself into an icon for those gigantic flowing robes, which he has the physical height and scale to pull off.' There is a long list of industry giants who have gushed about this fashion king, as Manolo Blahnik said: 'André doesn’t have fashion. André himself is fashion.'
The Vogue editor has recently moved to the new edition of Russian Numero, and has opened up to Oprah about the move. In the upcoming episode he tells Oprah: 'The Russians offered me a whirlwind of money. I took the job because I thought it was going to be wonderful financially, and I needed a change. I needed to challenge myself.”
See Andre's vintage fashion moments in the gallery above...