Former Vogue creative director Andre Leon Talley has died aged 73, his representatives have said.

The "indomitable" fashion designer and journalist died on Tuesday in New York, TAA PR said in a statement.

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

"It is with great sadness we announce the passing of our dear friend and client, the indomitable Andre Leon Talley on January 18, 2022 in New York," TAA PR said.

"Mr. Talley was the larger-than-life, long time creative director at Vogue during its rise to dominance as the world's fashion bible.

Andre Leon Talley, Anna Wintour and her daughter Bee Shaffer

"Over the past five decades as an international icon was a close confidant of Yves Saint Laurent, Karl Lagerfeld, Paloma Picasso and he had a penchant for discovering, nurturing and celebrating young designers".

As a fashion journalist, he worked at Women's Wear Daily and Vogue and was a regular in the front row of fashion shows in New York and Europe.

His byline also appeared in other publications including Vanity Fair, HG and Interview, and he was the editor of Numero Russia.

Tributes to Talley poured in from celebrities and his contemporaries in the fashion industry.

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Actress and supermodel Milla Jovovich lamented the loss of a "force of nature" in her tribute and said she felt "lucky" to have encountered him multiple times in her career.

"Andre Leon Talley was such an incredible artist, but he was also one of the most genuinely wonderful humans I’ve ever met," she said.

Belgian designer Diane von Furstenberg said no one was "grander and more soulful".

Sharing a picture of him she wrote: "Good bye darling Andre.

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

US actresses Kerry Washington, Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer also posted online tributes to Talley.

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Washington joked that the afterlife would be "just too fabulous" following Talley’s death.

"Oh Andre! Heaven is not ready for you darling!" she wrote on Instagram.

"I am sad to hear of Andre Leon Talley’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with his loved ones," Spencer wrote on Twitter.

"RIP Andre Leon Talley. Rest well King," said Davis.