The style icon and former Vogue editor was beloved by many in the entertainment and fashion industry. From humble beginnings to becoming one of the biggest trailblazers, Talley was a force to be reckoned with, and an instrumental part in Vogue's growth in the '80s and '90s. He worked his way up at the magazine to eventually become news director, a position he held from 1983 until 1987, before taking on the role of Vogue's creative director in 1988.
Upon hearing news of his death, many friends, admirers and former colleagues took to social media to express their condolences.
In a statement to ET, Tyra Banks expressed how much she "adored" Talley and how he was "such a prolific person."
"I adored Andre. Before meeting him, I had never experienced such a prolific person serving up a rare mix of fashion ‘fabulousness’ and real down-home southern comfort love. Being in his presence was so magical. He made me smile, laugh and was a masterful teacher - a genius historian," Banks wrote. "Scholar, colleague, effervescent spirit, legend…you are resting now, Dearest Andre. But your spirit, your je ne sais quoi, your iconic voice…I hear it now. And will forever. We all will."
Naomi Campbell penned a lengthy and touching tribute to Talley, "a ray of light filled with laughter and positivity that played a huge impact of our ever lasting family ship."
"Dear Andre, Words cannot describe what it feels like knowing you are no longer with us in the physical form, like everyone who loves you my heart skipped a beat," she wrote in part, adding, "Your unconditional love and support has never wavered, from encouraging me to pick up the phone and calling Anna Wintour and asking for my first American vogue cover September issue to giving me the the confidence to learn the Michael Jackson dance for our super bowl sobe commercial."
"Andre is on his way to the otherside and will drape you all in divine larger than life luxury," she added.
Mariah Carey eulogized Talley on Instagram, writing, "Fashion’s elegant giant has fallen. Emancipated from the troubles of this world. Land softly and safely my friend into the loving arms of Almighty God. Rest in Power and Grace, Andre Leon Talley."
Diane von Furstenberg also shared a photo of Talley, writing, "Good bye darling André ❤️🙏… no one saw the world in a more glamorous way than you did ❤️🙏… no one was grander and more soulful than you were ❤️🙏…the world will be less joyfulI ❤️🙏 I have loved you and laughed with you for 45 years…. I miss your loud screams …I love you soooo much ❤️🙏."
Andre Leon Tally has passed. I am heartbroken. He was someone whose heart was as big as his personality. What an icon, what a trailblazer, what a legend, what patriot, what a teddy bear. Rest In Power sir. You will be missed. #andreleontalleypic.twitter.com/i72Cp7EJRf