Mr. Talley is a permanent at the Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem, where, according to the church’s pastor, Father Dr. Calvin O. Butts III, he has been with celebrities like Mariah Carey and Tamron Hall but is known come to his serious faith. .
Mr Butts said: “With all the celebrity and sprinting capabilities across the globe, he came at the best of times and he showed up at the worst. “He appeared to worship. He supported the church, he gave generously, and his friends loved him.”
Mr. Talley, who is openly gay, lives alone and has little to do with a romantic life, leaving no immediate survivors.
Kate Novack, the director of the 2018 documentary, said he was “a classic American success story” but noted that his success “came at a heavy price”.
Designer Tom Ford, in that documentary, said, “André was one of the last great editors who knew what they were looking at, knew what they were looking at, knew where it was coming from.” He added, “André throws out all the different words and he’s so big and great, a lot of people think, ‘This guy is crazy,’ but it’s a great madness.”
André Leon Talley was born on October 16, 1948, in Washington, Alma, to William Carroll Talley. From the age of 2 months, he was raised by his grandmother Bennie Frances Davis of Durham, NC, where she worked as a maid on the south ward of Duke University.
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/19/style/andre-leon-talley-dead.html André Leon Talley, a ‘force’ in fashion, dies at 73