André Leon Talley’s Wardrobe Auction Benefits Abyssinian Baptist Church And Mt. Sinai Missionary

May 27, 2024

By HWM

If you’ve ever dreamed of owning a piece from André Leon Talley’s iconic wardrobe, your chance has arrived.

This fall, Stair Galleries will host an in-person auction featuring the late fashion pioneer’s personal collection. The event is scheduled for September 21, 2024, in Hudson, NY, with the full catalog on exhibit starting September 8, 2024.

Among the items up for grabs are some of Talley’s most renowned pieces: a bespoke Chado Ralph Rucci black kimono he wore to a Met Gala, a patchwork robe by Todd Oldham, luxurious Fendi furs, and several pairs of Manolo Blahnik crocodile shoes. The auction will also include his sunglasses, books, and furniture, with the total sale expected to exceed $500,000, according to Women’s Wear Daily.


Proceeds from the auction will benefit two historic Black churches that Talley attended: the Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem and Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church in Durham, NC. These were also the beneficiaries of the first auction of Talley’s belongings held in January.

Muffie Cunningham, director of decorative arts at Stair Galleries, curated the items for this event, sourcing them from Talley’s homes in White Plains, NY, and his hometown of Durham, NC.

Talley, who made history as Vogue’s first Black male creative director, served as fashion news director from 1983 and later as editor-at-large until 2013.


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He passed away from Covid-related complications in 2022 at the age of 73.

“Talley’s rarified status in the fashion industry allowed him to pursue what was personally important to him, establishing decades-long relationships with icons in the industry and supporting young designers and their nascent talent,” Stair Galleries said in a statement. “The Collection of André Leon Talley reflects all the facets of his life and is the legacy he leaves behind for all those who knew him, admired his work, and championed his singular place in an industry known for its elitist and insular attitudes.”

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to own a piece of fashion history and honor the legacy of one of the industry’s most influential figures. Mark your calendars for September 21, and get ready to bid on these extraordinary items.

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