Louis Vuitton's visionary artistic director Virgi Abloh dies

Louis Vuitton’s visionary artistic director Virgil Abloh, 41, dies after secret two-year battle against rare cancer

  • 버질 아블로, who made made history as Louis Vuitton’s first black artistic director, died Sunday at age 41
  • He had been privately battling cancer since a 2019 diagnosis of cardiac angiosarcoma
  • '이 끔찍한 소식에 우리는 모두 충격을 받았습니다.,’ said Louis Vuitton executive director Bernault Arnault, who called Abloh a ‘genius designerand ‘visionary
  • The first-generation Ghanian-American had no formal training as a designer and learned to sew from his seamstress mother
  • 버질 아블로, 루이비통 최초의 흑인 아티스틱 디렉터로 역사를 만든, 나이에 죽었다 41 암과의 오랜 비밀 전투 끝에.

    The fashion prodigy had been privately battling cardiac angiosarcoma, which he was diagnosed with in 2019.

    '이 끔찍한 소식에 우리는 모두 충격을 받았습니다., 버질은 천재 디자이너일 뿐만 아니라, 공상가, 그는 또한 아름다운 영혼과 위대한 지혜를 가진 사람이었습니다.,’ Louis Vuitton executive director Bernault Arnault said in a statement. 'LVMH 가족은 이 큰 슬픔의 순간에 나와 함께했고 우리는 모두 남편이 세상을 떠난 후 사랑하는 사람들을 생각합니다., 그들의 형제, 그들의 아버지 또는 그들의 친구.’

    9월생 30, 1980 시카고에서, the first generation Ghanaian-American Virgil Abloh was raised in Rockford, 일리노이.

    디자이너로서 정식 교육을 받지 않았음에도 불구하고, 그는 재봉사인 어머니에게 배웠다.. On the day he graduated in 2003, Virgil met Kanye and went on to meet his then-manager John Monopoly. 그는 곧 그의 크리에이티브 팀의 일원이 되었습니다..

    버질 아블로, 루이비통 최초의 흑인 아티스틱 디렉터로 역사를 만든, 나이에 죽었다 41 암과의 오랜 비밀 전투 끝에

    Abloh is pictured with Gigi Hadid at the 2019 CFDA Fashion Awards held at the Brooklyn Museum in New York City, 뉴욕

    Abloh is pictured with Gigi Hadid at the 2019 CFDA Fashion Awards held at the Brooklyn Museum in New York City, 뉴욕

    사진: 카니 예 웨스트 (왼쪽) and Abloh (권리) after the Louis Vuitton Menswear Spring/Summer 2019 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on June 21, 2018 in Paris, 프랑스

    사진: 카니 예 웨스트 (왼쪽) and Abloh (권리) after the Louis Vuitton Menswear Spring/Summer 2019 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on June 21, 2018 in Paris, 프랑스

    사진: 킴 카다시안 (왼쪽), 카니 예 웨스트 (센터) and Abloh (권리) pose after the Louis Vuitton Menswear Spring/Summer 2019 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on June 21, 2018

    사진: 킴 카다시안 (왼쪽), 카니 예 웨스트 (센터) and Abloh (권리) pose after the Louis Vuitton Menswear Spring/Summer 2019 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on June 21, 2018

    News of his death sent shockwaves ripping through social media, where people turned to share their condolences.

    ‘Sad sad sad news about Virgil Abhol,’ said one fan. ‘A real fashion and culture trendsetter!! Praying for his family and loved ones.

    Added another: ‘RIP Virgil Abloh this is so crazy.

    Fans took to Twitter to share condolences after learning of the legendary fashion designer's death

    Fans took to Twitter to share condolences after learning of the legendary fashion designer’s death

    Following his appointment with Louis Vuitton in 2018, he said in conversation with 뉴욕 타임즈 that he was ‘elated’ with his new position and ‘this opportunity to think through what the next chapter of design and luxury will mean at a brand that represents the pinnacle of luxury was always a goal in my wildest dreams.

    ‘And to show a younger generation that there is no one way anyone in this kind of position has to look is a fantastically modern spirit in which to start,’ Virgil said.

    Louis Vuitton has named Virgil Abloh as its new Artistic Director in a landmark appointment

    Louis Vuitton has named Virgil Abloh as its new Artistic Director in a landmark appointment

    Career highlights include the launch of his art and menswear boutique RSVP Gallery and being the art director for the 2011 Jay Z and Kanye West album Watch the Throne and was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Recording Package.

    Virgil had no training as a designer and he learned from his mother who was a seamstress

    Virgil had no training as a designer and he learned from his mother who was a seamstress

    When did Virgil Abloh start to design clothes?

    Virgil is also thought to have got the inspiration for the launch of his own streetwear brand Off-White after working with the rappers at Fendi Roma before they launched Pyrex Vision.

    Speaking with the Times in 2018, he said that ‘for the last eight to ten years we’ve been having this conversation about what’s new, and for me, that has to do with making luxury relatable across generations.

    ‘The first thing I am going to do is define new codes. My muse has always been what people actually wear, and I am really excited to make a luxury version of that.’

    Since being founded, the brand has been worn by the likes of A$AP Rocky, 저스틴 비버, 트래비스 스콧카일리 제너. Off-White has also collaborated with other brands like Nike, Ikea, Champion, Jimmy Choo, Sunglass Hut and Timberland.

    에 2015, Virgil was a finalist for LVMH’s Young Designers Prize which led to Abloh’s appointment as a creative director for the fashion house’s menswear.

    Alongside this, Virgil was also an international DJ, having played a number of shows in 뉴욕시, Miami and 대한민국 and had a residency at 라스베가스’s XS Nightclub.

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