André Leon Talley, the man of the many muu muu’s, is today’s NYFW Spotlight.
Talley, the former Editor-in-Large of US Vogue, has remained a pioneer and icon in the fashion industry. Growing up with his grandmother and mother in a gritty home in North Carolina, Talley learned to appreciate the little things and truly be grateful for what you have. Over coming all obstacles, Talley moved to New York City and worked as a fashion journalist for Women’s Wear Daily at the age of 28. Talley’s talents gained the eyes of Diana Vreeland, legendary editor-in-chief of Vogue from 1962 to 1971, and soon became her protégé; the rest is fashion history.
If you do not catch Talley in the front row of many prominent fashion shows in New York, London, Milan or Paris; you can catch him on your television screen. He had a brief stint as an “American’s Next Top Model” judge and you can catch his brief cameo in the “Sex and the City” movie during Carrie Bradshaw’s Vogue bride photo shoot. I met Talley once while I worked Fashion Night Out last year. It was an honor to be in his presence and felt great to receive a compliment from the huge fashion style setter.
Fun Fact about André Leon Talley, he attended the Ivy League school, Brown University and had intentions to become a French teacher; he has a Master’s in French studies.