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Inside the lasting legacy of fashion pioneer André Leon Talley

Not all fashion geniuses become designers. It takes a special kind of person to describe fashion through words. Someone whose masterful eye for style and beauty is equal to their extensive vocabulary. André Leon Talley was one such flamboyant wordsmith, and a pioneer in fashion journalism. He died on 18 January, aged 73. From the ’70s, Talley lived his life building an influential career reporting on major runway shows in New York and Europe. The tall African-American man donned luxurious cap