Popular and visionary fashion designer Virgil Abloh died at the age of 41
After a quiet battle with cancer, Virgil Abloh, the prolific fashion designer known for dressing artists like Kanye West and Kid Cudi, died on Sunday. He was 41 years old at the time.
Abloh’s death was revealed via Instagram and a tweet from LVMH, the parent company of Louis Vuitton, where Abloh had been the men’s artistic director since 2018.
“We are shocked after this terrible news. Virgil was not only a genius designer, a visionary, he was also a man with a beautiful soul and a great wisdom,” In a statement sent out via Twitter, LVMH CEO Bernard Arnault remarked.
According to a statement on Abloh’s Instagram account, he has been discreetly battling cardiac angiosarcoma, a rare and aggressive kind of cancer that affects the heart.
“He chose to endure his battle privately since his diagnosis in 2019, undergoing numerous challenging treatments, all while helming several significant institutions that span fashion, art, and culture. Through it all, his work ethic, infinite curiosity, and optimism never wavered “According to the statement.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Abloh’s career made history in the fashion business when he became the first Black artistic director to manage a division of a prominent French design firm.
He later went on to launch the Milan-based streetwear label Off-White. Abloh was also Kanye West’s creative director for a long time.
Abloh’s dresses became viral this year after Kid Cudi, the singer and rapper, wore them on “Saturday Night Live.” The outfits were created as a memorial to Kurt Cobain, the late singer.
“Virgil designed the dress for me. I told him I wanted to show love to Kurt [with] a floral print sundress and this man made a masterpiece. Thank You @virgilabloh ur a f—– genius!! Love you man we did it!!!” Kid Cudi wrote at the time.
Abloh was motivated to create routes for more equality in art and design, according to an Instagram message.