André Leon Talley, the fashion icon who was once Vogue's creative director and later its editor-at-large in the U.S. has died. TMZ first reported the news and later confirmed via a statement posted to the official Met Gala Twitter page. Talley was 73.
"Fashion lost another giant today" read the Met Gala statement. "André Leon Talley, thank you for your groundbreaking work that has inspired so many of us. Your legacy will live on forever. RIP."
The fashion icon was born on October 16, 1948, in Washington, D.C. He said he learned an 'understanding of luxury' from his grandmother, which was foundational to his sense of style. He first discovered Vogue magazine at the age of 10.