After battling a rare form of cancer, beloved designer, Virgil Abloh, has passed away. While he was only 41, the Off-White founder and artistic designer of menswear for Louis Vuitton will go down in fashion history.
Not only was Abloh known for his incredible designs, but his love for others and powerful behind all his designs were iconic. In an Instagram post by @aminamuaddi, she stated that “Extraordinary spirits like yours rarely bless this Earth, A man with a mission who gave hope, dreams and tools to succeed to an entire new generation.”
Born on September 30, 1980, Abloh first started his journey at an internship at Fendi in 2009. After working alongside rapper, Kanye West, the two launched Off-White, where he became the first African American to be an artistic director at a French Luxury fashion house. According to the New York Times, he brilliantly combined the styles of streetwear and luxury clothing.
His clothing was not just regular pieces. His designs brought awareness to certain political issues, and he became a “master of using irony, reference, and the self-aware wink (plus the digital world) to re-contextualize the familiar and give it an aura of cultural currency” according to Vanessa Friedman in the New York Times.
Although it is tragic that the world has lost this amazing soul as such a young age, his powerful messages and artistic vision will never be forgotten. His ability to transform powerful messages into stunning pieces will go down in history for the fashion community.