Sunday 28th of November was a mourning day for the fashion industry. Virgil Abloh was announced dead following a long battle against a rare form of cancer. This icon who was not only creative but also had a lot of pioneering ideas. He died at the age of 41. The tributes and attention to him and his family have not stopped since Sunday. Orange Models also wants to pay its tributes to this illustrious man.
Born in 1980 in Illinois, USA. Virgil Abloh, this man with Ghanaian roots, was born, raised and has done all his schooling in the USA. With a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and a master’s degree in architecture, he began his interest in fashion thanks to encounters with people in this field.
One particular meeting will allow two men to carry each other. It is the one between Virgil Abloh and Kanye West. Both interns at Fendi, then creator of a retail store, and further on Abloh got promoted by his friend to creative director of the agency Donda. He also became the artistic director of the Jay Z/ West album.
All those collaborations between the artists helped Abloh built his name in the industry. And raise him to be a well-known person in the industry. The man who claimed to be an artist and designer has always been surrounded by big names in the business. Like, Matthew Williams, Nigo, Kim Jones etc. Have allowed him from the launch of his brand “Off-White” in 2013, to be recognized. The brand took its marks slowly and knew how to anchor itself in the industry. What propelled the brand was notably its collaboration with Nike in 2017. The brand items then became a real object of jealousy and fashion must-haves for the buyers. The logo and the distinctive elements of the brand became a real element of rallying and recognition between peers. One could compare it to brands like Supreme etc.
As he continued raising in the industry, in 2018, “Abloh was named artistic director of Louis Vuitton‘s menswear ready wear line.” The ultimate recognition for a designer to be appointed to such a position in a brand of the LVMH group. Virgil Abloh has multiplied the collaborations of the brand with others. He wanted to show the ability of the art to expand culturally with different brands from multiple fields.
Virgil Abloh was an accomplished artist in all aspects; indeed, he was also a DJ, architect and art creator.
Abloh’s legacy in the industry
When we talk about Virgil Abloh, the first words that come to mind are pre-cursors and creativity. He has marked the fashion world without question, thanks to him the collaborations are multiplying, we now witness “unlikely unions”… This icon has been able to interest men in fashion and make them feel concerned.
“Abloh was perfectly aware, especially since he worked at Louis Vuitton, that his role was not only that of an influencer leaving his impact on culture, but that of an educator, who by his tastes and his way of inhabiting the worlds of fashion, art and business, showed his followers the road to live and dream.” – GQ
He also made history as the first black man to hold such a high position.
Since the announcement of his death by the LVMH group, an avalanche of tributes and messages paying Virgil’s tribute have not stopped. Obviously, Kanye West and the Kardashian clan were among the most expected. We also find Hailey Bieber, the Hadids, other art directors, Pharell Williams etc..
Virgil Abloh will be remembered by future generations and his peers for many years to come. He is now one of the big names.
Orange Models and the entire team was particularly saddened by the news of Virgil Abloh’s death and would like to extend our condolences to all his loved ones.
Rest in peace Virgil.
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