Louis Vuitton artistic director and genius of fashion Virgil Abloh died at 41 years, The designer died on Sunday 28 November from cancer.
Founder of the label Off-White and propelled to the head of Louis Vuitton men’s fashion in 2018, Virgil Abloh passed away this Sunday 17 November of the consequences of cancer announced its teams. “For more than two years, Virgil valiantly fought a rare and aggressive form of cancer, cardiac angiosarcoma. He has chosen to wage his fight in private since his diagnosis in 2019, undergoing many difficult treatments, while leading several important institutions that cover fashion, art and culture ”. In September 2018, Virgil Abloh announced to withdraw from public life for three months, without giving more details on the reasons for this break . The artist had simply declared to Vogue wanting to “reduce” the pace.
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In a press release, his entourage pays tribute to this emperor of cool who made a sensational entry into the world of fashion. “His work ethic, endless curiosity and optimism have never wavered. Virgil was driven by his dedication and invested with the mission he had set for himself, to open doors for others and to create paths to promote equality in art and design. He often said: “Everything I do is for Virgil that I was years”, deeply believing in the power of art to inspire future generations ”.
Workaholic The American has built an extraordinary success, far from the classic system. A former engineer and architect, from a Ghanaian immigrant family in Chicago, he was the artistic director of Kanye West for fourteen years. This place in the shadows allowed him to expand his knowledge, his network and to try his hand at creation. In 2013, Virgil Abloh creates Off-White, a label launched in the continuity of his work with Pyrex Vision, his first brand
Very quickly, this bulimic of ideas and work gave a professional twist to his label, offering it the stature of a ready-to-wear line for men and women . He decides to associate it with other names in fashion by multiplying collaborations with Moncler, Nike, Umbro, the Ssense e-shop, Levi’s Made & Crafted… And even Ikea. All will be accompanied by the mention “sold out”. In 2018, Louis Vuitton announces that he becomes the artistic director of his Men’s collections following the departure of Kim Jones. If the image of the workaholic is the one that sticks to his skin, Virgil Abloh was also married and the father of two children. “He is survived by his loving wife Shannon Abloh, his children Lowe Abloh and Gray Abloh, his sister Edwina Abloh, his parents Nee and Eunice Abloh, as well as many friends and colleagues,” the statement said.