André Leon Talley made his mark in the fashion industry as the first Black creative director with Vogue from 1988 to 1995. He then served as the editor-at-large from 1998 to 2013. But those titles were just the tip of the iceberg in terms of how Talley changed the game.
Talley passed away due to health complications in early 2022 at the age of 73. Now, his beloved White Plains home, lined with cheetah flooring, sits on the market for the first time since his passing at $1.2 million. Outside of his property, Talley could be regularly seen grubbing at The City Limits Diner nearby.
In his six-decade career, Talley worked at numerous publications, was ranked 45th in Out magazine’s “50 Most Powerful Gay Men and Women in America,” and unapologetically paved the way for underrepresented voices within the industry.
He pushed designers to feature more Black artists in their work and supported the up-and-comers in the industry. For those who knew him, Talley was the unmistakable face sitting in the front row at fashion shows, sporting his signature robes and capes that fit his 6’6″ frame.
Talley was raised in the south during the Jim Crow era. At a young age, he was enthralled by fashion. His first unpaid gig was for Dian Vreeland at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. After making a stately impression, Talley landed a job at Andy Warhol’s Factory and Interview magazine. He also wrote two books, was the subject of a heartfelt documentary, and styled Michelle Obama for her Vogue cover all the while elevating the fashion scene and remaining an icon.
His timeless property, built in 1854, sits on 1.29 acres of manicured land and boasts four beds and two baths. With multiple spacious living areas, a fully windowed breakfast area, and oak hardwood floors running throughout the home, this classic Colonial emits a cozy ambience.
“This center hall Colonial is very unique to the area, built in 1854. The next owner will certainly modernize this charmer while keeping many of its original features such as wide plank flooring in a couple bedrooms and original beams in the dining room,” says listing agent Bonnie Stein.
Listed by Bonnie Stein of Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty