Christie's auction will showcase some jewellery pieces and precious items from the estate of André Leon Talley, a notable figure in the international fashion industry.
Talley, who died in 2022 at 73 due to complications from a heart attack and COVID-19, was a fashion journalist who worked his way up to become the first and only Black creative director at Vogue magazine.
Born in the South in 1948, he was raised by his grandmother, Bennie Francis Davis, Talley studied French at North Carolina Central University and went on to earn a master’s in French literature from Brown University.
After his graduation, he travelled to New York and started his career working for legendary fashion editor Diana Vreeland at The Met’s Costume Institute before going on to report for Interview magazine, Women’s Wear Daily, The New York Times, and Vogue, where he served as creative director and, later, editor-at-large.
Christie’s Auction will sell items from Talley’s estate, including a number of his signature caftans from Tom Ford, Gucci, and Ralph Rucci, lots of Louis Vuitton luggage, and artwork from personal friends like Andy Warhol and Karl Lagerfeld.
It’s worth mentioning that Talley’s possessions are being sold on behalf of his estate to benefit his childhood church, Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist in Durham, North Carolina, and the Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem, one of the oldest Black Baptist churches in the country.
Contributed by Ahmed Emam