A Globally-Recognised Ghanaian -American Topnotch Fashion Designer, Virgil Abloh pass-on.
The acclaimed menswear designer for Louis Vuitton and founder and CEO of Off-White, Virgil Abloh died Sunday of cancer, according to a post from his verified Instagram account. He was 41.
And the post read; “We are devastated to announce the passing of our beloved Virgil Abloh, a fiercely devoted father, husband, son, brother, and friend. He is survived by his loving wife Shannon Abloh, his children Lowe Abloh and Grey Abloh, his sister Edwina Abloh, his parents Nee and Eunice Abloh, and numerous dear friends and colleagues,”.
“For over two years, Virgil valiantly battled a rare, cardiac angiosarcoma. He chose to endure his battle privately since his diagnosis in 2019, undergoing numerous challenging treatments, all while helping several significant institutions that span fashion, art, and culture.”
A lot of tributes poured in from well-wishers, friends, families, and companies, for this top-notch and world acclaimed fashion guru, Virgil, who was once fashion most powerful Black man who added a lot to the fashion world (Music, Art, and culture) and other industries.
A brief about the fashion guru Virgil Abloh
He was born in Rockford, Illinois (U.S.A.) in 1980 to Ghanaian immigrant parents from the Volta region. Virgil Abloh, after earning a degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison obtained a master’s degree in Architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology.
Even though his mother was a seamstress and his father managed a paint company, so one can fairly surmise fashion and design runs through his blood, it was at the Illinois Institute of Technology where Abloh was introduced to a curriculum established by Mies van der Rohe, formed from the notions of Bauhaus, that taught him to combine the fields of art, craft, and design. These theories, merged with contemporary culture, makeup Abloh’s inter-disciplinary practice today.
The history of OFF-WHITE started with a ‘vision from Virgil’, and soon went on to become a brand on everyone’s lips.
Founded in 2012, the Milan-based label has opened showrooms in 15 locations around the world and retained a star-studded line-up of customers.
Before Abloh branched out with his new label, he formerly built a streetwear kingdom under the name Pyrex Vision, which many celebrities had embraced with open arms.
However, as he later faced controversy regarding reusing and reselling Ralph Lauren’s flannels, at an astronomical price and after slapping the moniker of his own brand on them, he scrapped the company. Despite criticism, it wasn’t long until he eventually came back with his new ambition, and the history of OFF-WHITE started.
In recent years, Abloh started putting everything in “quotes”. He inscribed “SHOELACES” on shoelaces, engraved “SCULPTURE” on the bag he collaborated with houseware giant IKEA, and even labeled his website “WEBSITE”.
This is because Abloh believes that everything that leaves in the quotation mark remains to be indefinite, meaning there’s always room for questions. This concept very much goes in line with the ideology of the brand – giving people space to unleash their own creativity.
On March 25, 2018, Abloh was named artistic director of Louis Vuitton’s menswear ready wear line, marking him the first person of African descent to lead the brand’s menswear line, as well as one of the few black designers at the helm of a major French fashion house.
Upon his acceptance of the position, he stated, “It is an honor for me to accept this position. I find the heritage and creative integrity of the house are key inspirations and will look to reference them both while drawing parallels to modern times” Abloh has since been in high demand for his designs, creating an original outfit designed for Serena Williams to wear throughout the 2018 US Open, a collaboration with Nike.
In March 2019, Abloh collaborated with Ikea to start making furniture for millennials, ranging from cabinets, rugs, coffee tables, and chairs. One of Abloh’s most popular items is the Frakta Bag. It is beige with the text “SCULPTURE” imprinted on the side. Virgil teamed up with SSENSE to release a workout collection on March 29, 2019.
Virgil Abloh has an estimated net worth of more than $4 Million. He is married to Shannon and the couple has two children.