Who was Virgil Abloh? the designer died of cancer and shocked the fashion world

Virgil Abloh was the artistic director of Louis Vuitton and creator of the company Off White, as well as one of the promoters of ‘steetwear’, which consists of unpretentious fashion putting people’s comfort first.

Abloh died on November 28 at the age of 41 after suffering from an unusual type of cancer, cardiac angiosarcoma, which was diagnosed in 2019.

Virgil Abloh was the first black person to hold such an important position as Artistic Director at one of the largest French fashion houses.

He teamed up with singer Kanye West for countless projects after meeting at the Fendi fashion house where they were both interns in 2009.

That is why Kanye remembered one of Abloh’s last works as he was the main stylistic and visual responsible for West’s album, ‘Donda’.

Likewise, Abloh designed the costumes and scenery for the Kanye West and Jay Z tour, in the ‘Watch The Throne’ tour in 2011 and 2012, this being one of the most successful.

He was born in Illinois and was a Ghanaian-American. He was a civil engineer with a master’s degree in architecture and was also a DJ, however he did not have a degree as a fashion designer.

He was able to start his career in the artistic medium as a manager and artistic representative of Kanye West and Jay Z, so he could belong to the circle of influence of the Kardashian-Jenner clan and as if that were not enough, he designed furniture in collaboration with IKEA, organized events like that as collections for brands such as Nike, Jimmy Choo, Levi’s, among others.

Since his diagnosis, Virgil Abloh decided to face his illness in secret, although he did undergo treatments at the same time that he directed very important institutions of fashion, art and culture.

Those who knew him describe him as a person with a lot of creativity, love, charisma and fun who left a great impact on the world.

Virgil Abloh and his closeness to Kanye West



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