Andre Leon Talley and Naomi Campbell at the CFDA Fashion Awards, 2008.
I can’t think of an editor with more personality than André Leon Talley. From the early days of working with Ms. Vreeland at the Met to Editor-at-Large for Vogue, there has always been a presence to André Leon Talley. Maybe it has something to do with his skyscraper height, only to be accentuated by the endless swaths of fabric that make up his signature caftans, but he’s also smart as a whip and devilishly funny. Designers love him, celebrities love him, the First Lady loves him, we all love him. André has a presence that can’t be ignored, even when he’s not vying for the attention it’s somehow always on him. When he was featured on the wedding episode of Keeping up With the Kardashians as a guest at Valentino’s house, it appeared that Mr. Leon Talley did not sign a release form so his face is totally obscured (he later mentioned he was upset with Kim because he did indeed sign the release). Even when he’s a faceless nebula we all know who it is, and he completely steals the show. From silly to unamused, André’s repertoire of facial expressions are as expressive as his larger than life personality, and he’s always got us entertained.
(L) Andre Leon Talley and Bill Cunninham, NYC, 1984. (R) Andre Leon Talley and Diana Ross at Studio 54, New Years Eve, 1979.
(L) Andre Leon Talley and Anna Wintour, 1996. (R) Andre Leon Talley working with Diana Vreeland on a Marlene Dietrich costume for the Met, by Bill Cunningham, 1974.
(L) Andre Leon Talley by Andy Warhol. (R) Tina Chow and Andre Leon Talley by Andy Warhol.
Andre Leon Talley, Steve Rubell and Andy Warhol, 1981.
(L) Andre Leon Talley and Naomi Campbell backstage at Gianni Versace, January 1991. (R) Andre Leon Talley and Naomi Campbell, 1989.
(L) Andre Leon Talley and Lord Snowden. (R) Grace Jones and Andre Leon Talley.
Jerry Hall, Billie Blair, Oscar de la Renta, Andre Leon Talley, Dalma and Pat Cleveland, 1970s.
"Keeping up with the Kardashians" at Valentino's Home.