Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour has called the loss of André Leon Talley “immeasurable,” after the trailblazing fashion journalist and former Vogue creative director died Tuesday, at the age of 73.

The fashion icon, known for his billowing silhouettes, booming voice and candor, was the first Black man to ascend the ranks at Vogue, becoming one of the most influential figures in an industry where few Black creatives have held top roles. He had a longtime close relationship with Wintour that had seemingly fractured in recent years, and was the subject of debate when he released his memoir, “The Chiffon Trenches”, last year.

“The loss of André is felt by so many of us today: the designers he enthusiastically cheered on every season, and who loved him for it; the generations he inspired to work in the industry, seeing a figure who broke boundaries while never forgetting where he started from; those who knew fashion, and Vogue, simply because of him,” Wintour said in Vogue’s obituary.

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