Virgil Abloh Passes Away From Cancer

Virgil Abloh Passes Away From Cancer

Virgil Abloh's "Figures of Speech" Exhibition Opens In Doha, Qatar

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Renowned designer Virgil Abloh has passed away. He was just 41 years old.

Louis Vuitton, where Abloh served as Artistic Director of Menswear, and Off-White, the brand he founded in 2012, announced his death. Abloh was reportedly battling cancer for several years before passing on Sunday, November 28.

Abloh came to prominence first with his work with Kanye West before venturing off on his own a ridiculous successful creative in the fashion world. The son of Ghanaian immigrant parents, the Rockford, Illinois native secured a degree in civil engineering from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 2002 and a Masters in Architecture from the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) in 2006.

But his true passion was fashion, he famously interned with Kanye West at Fendi in 2009 and never looked backed, serving as an early Creative Director at Ye’s DONDA while launching his Off-White brand and breaking barriers in the highfalutin fashion world. His Off-White x Nike collaborations have become sneaker grails, selling for thousands on the aftermarket.

While he had his fair share critics, Virgil Abloh’s mere existence in fashion as a Black man was a win for the culture. The legion of people he inspired, and the brands that blatantly, and often, hijacked his work, is a testament to his indelible impact.

Rest in power peace Virgil Abloh.

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