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André Leon Talley

Talley at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival
Born October 16, 1949 (age 60)
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Occupation Editor-at-large of Vogue magazine
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André Leon Talley (born October 16, 1949) is the American editor-at-large for Vogue magazine and has been a front-row regular at fashion shows in New York, Paris, London and Milan for more than 25 years.[1] He uses his influence to promote young fashion designers, such as John Saldivar[2] and mentors young talent in other fields as well. His most famous pairings of late have been with designers Tracy Reese, Rachel Roy, and singer/actress Jennifer Hudson. He is known as a very close friend of pop diva Mariah Carey, fashion designer Kimora Lee Simmons, and tennis star Venus Williams. In 2007, he was ranked 45th in Out Magazine's "50 Most Powerful Gay Men and Women in America".[3] Talley has an honorary Doctorate of Humanities from Savannah College of Art and Design, where he serves as a member of the Board of Trustees. As of November 2009, Talley will be serving on the judging panel for America's Next Top Model. [4]



Talley was raised in Durham, North Carolina by his grandmother Bennie Davis, who he says gave him an "understanding of luxury."[5] After graduating from North Carolina Central University, Talley received his master's degree in French from Brown University. While at Brown, Talley befriended students from the nearby Rhode Island School of Design and often went on weekend trips to New York City. He is associated with former American Vogue editor-in-chief and Costume Institute consultant, Diana Vreeland.

In the mid 2000s, an intervention was initiated by Anna Wintour, to get Talley to lose weight. As seen on The Oprah Winfrey Show, he eventually lost a great deal of weight, and was eating healthier.

In 2008 Talley advised the future First Family on fashion, and introduced Michelle Obama to Jason Wu, from whom she bought several dresses including her inaugural gown.[6]


Talley wrote an autobiography entitled A.L.T.: A Memoir, published in 2003.[5]

He also authored A.L.T. 365+, an art monograph designed by art director Sam Shahid, published in 2005. 365 features photos and captions from one year in the life of André Leon Talley.[7]


  1. ^ WAMU: American University Radio (2003-05-14). The Diane Rehm Show (html). WAMU 88.5 FM. Retrieved on 2007-04-24.
  2. ^ NOUVEAU NICHE.(fashion designers) Retrieved June 28, 2007.
  3. ^ Oxfield, Jesse, Idov, Michael (March 4, 2007), ‘Out’ Ranks the Top 50 Gays; Anderson Is No. 2, New York Magazine.
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  5. ^ a b Talley, André Leon (2003-04-08). A.L.T. A Memoir. Villard. p. 256. ISBN 0375508287. 
  6. ^ Melissa Magsaysay (2008-11-19). "Jason Wu wows Hollywood ... and Washington". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2009-01-21. 
  7. ^ Talley, André Leon (2005-07-19). A.L.T. 365+. powerHouse Books. p. 240. ISBN 1576872408. 

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André Leon Talley is the African-American editor-at-large for Vogue magazine and has been a front-row regular at fashion shows in New York, Paris, London and Milan for more than 25 years.



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