André Leon Talley passed away Tuesday at the age of 73. The former creative director and editor-at-large of Vogue pioneered in the fashion world with his editorial panache, intelligence, and keen eye while rising above adversity.
Before gracing the mastheads of many publications, André Leon Talley received a full scholarship to Brown University, interned with Diana Vreeland at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and worked at Andy Warhol’s Factory. In 1988, Talley joined America’s Vogue and was the highest-ranking Black person in fashion journalism.
To commemorate the creative icon, we’ve rounded up five podcast episodes featuring André Leon Talley’s insight on aesthetics, his time at Vogue, his memoir, his humble upbringing, hardships, experiencing racism, and more:
The Book Review
In 2020, Talley released his memoir, The Chiffon Trenches, and told The New York Times’ “The Book Review” podcast about writing the book that immediately became a bestseller during quarantine. Tune into this episode around the 4-minute mark to hear his interview covering life during the pandemic, his first book titled ALT about his grandmother and Diana Vreeland, and more. Also in this episode, Claudia Rankine and Jericho Brown read some poems, then Megha Majumdar talked about her novel, A Burning.
Time’s Top Stories
This 4-minute episode of “Time’s Top Stories” reported on Talley’s death as confirmed by his literary agent, David Vigliano. Hear about Talley’s career highlights, including working for Women’s Wear Daily, Vogue, influencing journalism, his lasting impact on the fashion industry, and more.
Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen
Talley joined Real Housewives of Potomac star Ashley Darby and host Andy Cohen for a virtual party in an episode of “Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen.” They discussed Bravolebrities, Karl Lagerfeld’s last party in NYC, favorite items in Talley’s home, news, and more in this 26-minute episode.
The Institute of Black Imagination
“The Institute of Black Imagination” sat down with Talley for a two-part episode in 2020. In this extensive interview, listeners will learn about Talley’s childhood in North Carolina and being raised by his grandmother. For his undergraduate studies, Talley attended the local HBCU, North Carolina Central University, before receiving a full scholarship to Brown University to study French literature. Talley explained how he launched into the editorial world, navigated the fashion industry, worked at Andy Warhol’s Factory, and more in this two-part episode, running 2 hours in total. Talley also discussed traumas including surviving childhood sexual abuse. This series is hosted by artist, brand consultant, and writer Dario Calmese.
The CBS Mornings Podcast
“CBS This Morning” co-host Gayle King interviewed Talley in 2020 in support of his memoir, The Chiffon Trenches. He talked about learning throughout childhood from his grandma. Talley also told King about working for fashion editor Diana Vreeland and Anna Wintour in this 19-minute episode.