Virgil Abloh, an influential African American fashion designer best known for working with rap stars such as Kanye West and Kid Cady, died Sunday after a long battle with cancer. He was 41 years old.
Abloh’s death was announced on his Instagram, as well as in a tweet from LVMH, the parent company of Louis Vuitton, where Abloh has been the art director of the menswear line since 2018. “We are shocked by this terrible news. Virgil was not only a brilliant designer and visionary, but also a man with a beautiful soul and great wisdom,” said LVMH CEO, French billionaire Bernard Arnault on Twitter.
Abloh’s Instagram account says the designer has privately battled a rare and aggressive form of cancer known as cardiac angiosarcoma, which affects the heart. “Since his diagnosis in 2019, he has chosen to endure his battle in private, undergoing many challenging procedures while simultaneously managing several significant institutions spanning fashion, art and culture. Despite all this, his work ethic, endless curiosity and optimism have been unshakable. “, – the message says.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Abloh made fashion history when he became the first black art director to head a division of a leading French design house. He also founded the Milan-based streetwear brand Off-White. In addition, Abloh has long worked as the creative director of the famous rapper and ex-husband Kim Kardashian Kanye West. The costumes designed by Abloh went viral this year after singer and rapper Kid Kadi donned them on Saturday Night Live. The outfits were created as part of the Off-White line in honor of the late rock singer Kurt Cobain.
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