Former Vogue creative director Andre Leon Talley has died aged 73, his reps have confirmed.

The ‘indomitable’ fashion designer and journalist died on Tuesday in New York.

During a career spanning five decades Talley befriended big names in the fashion world including Yves Saint Laurent, Karl Lagerfeld and Paloma Picasso.

According to TMZ, Talley had been in hospital battling an unknown illness

Tributes have poured in for the fashion icon, with designer Diane von Fürstenberg writing on Instagram: ‘Good bye darling André ❤️🙏… No one saw the world in a more glamorous way than you did ❤️🙏… no one was grander and more soulful than you were ❤️🙏…the world will be less joyfulI ❤️🙏

‘I have loved you and laughed with you for 45 years…. I miss your loud screams …I love you soooo much.’

America’s Next Top Model star Tyra Banks said in a statement to Entertainment Tonight: ‘I adored Andre. Before meeting him, I had never experienced such a prolific person serving up a rare mix of fashion ‘fabulousness’ and real down-home southern comfort love.

‘Being in his presence was so magical. He made me smile, laugh and was a masterful teacher – a genius historian.’

She added: ‘Scholar, colleague, effervescent spirit, legend…you are resting now, Dearest Andre. But your spirit, your je ne sais quoi, your iconic voice…I hear it now. And will forever. We all will.’

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