Black Fashion History : Andre Leon Talley


Former American Vogue editor Andre Talley has been a staple in the fashion industry for over 25 years, ranking as human landmark on all things CHIC. Born in Durham, North Carolina he was raised in a humble environment but understood the importance of luxury. while receiving a masters degree in French from Brown University, he made many trips to New York where he befriended former American Vogue’s editor-in-chief Diana Vreeland, and also landed his first job as an assistant to the late great artist Andy Warhol for $50 a week.

Talley went on to work for Interview, the New York Times, and other publications before finally landing at Vogue himself as its fashion news director in 1983. Five years later, he was named its creative director, and wielded tremendous power in the fashion world with that title. He managed to use his position to champion the work of up-and-coming African-American designers, including Stephen Burrows and Patrick Robinson, and also reminded designers that they could stand to add more black models in their runway shows and advertising campaigns. As he told Prada in theInterview piece, “sometimes when I sit and watch a fashion show I get totally wrapped up in what is in front of me, in the fantasy of it and what it might mean to the person who will be wearing the clothes. Then the show’s over, and I realize there has not been one person of color on the runway!”

A.T.L. is one of the most influential tastemakers in the history, promoting careers and nurturing in the fashion industry population with a mothering and artistic hand. As living history Andre Talley has continued to shape the way fashion is translated through out the world shown light on the influence african americans have in industry.




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