Influence Beyond Fashion - Virgil Abloh


The fashion industry worldwide was saddened by the untimely passing away of Virgil Abloh. Who was Virgil Abloh? Keep reading to know the gem the industry just lost.

Most of the fashion streetwear fashion space is the result of a man who never stopped believing in himself and kept molding his creativity in various fields of his life. Mostly fashion. Virgil Abloh’s breakthrough crossovers of streetwear and haute couture made him one of the most famous influencers in the fashion industry. Virgil breathed his last in November after battling a rare form of cancer for several years. Sources say that he did not go public with his cancer for years as he wanted to keep creating his best work and leave a legacy behind. Abloh’s work was often termed as the future of fashion. Not only did he define fashion for years to come but has also shaped the present. Abloh was the menswear artistic director for Louis Vuitton, but his cultural footprint was broad and energetic. Jeff Koons has been compared to him in the past. Others dubbed him “Karl Lagerfeld for this generation”. Abloh, a first-generation Ghanaian-American, was a visionary, inordinate personality in the fashion business as the founder of the cult brand Off-White and the artistic director of Louis Vuitton’s menswear division. He was born in Rockford and was known in the fashion industry as the Renaissance man. He also worked as a DJ on the side. He rose to prominence as one of fashion’s most celebrated designers in a short period of time. Abloh referred to himself as a “maker.” In 2018, he was named one of Time magazine’s most powerful people.

His creativity was beyond the world of fashion. He was fond of art, culture, and music. Virgil used a “3 percent approach” to fashion, claiming that a new design could be developed by tweaking an existing one by just 3 percent. His critics claimed he was better at repackaging than inventing new things. But he had a conscience, elevated style, and quotation marks were a hallmark label for him. Abloh was highly appreciated and loved by his celebrity pals. Some of them even demanded his custom work. For example, Hailey Bieber’s off-white wedding gown and veil that said, ‘Till death do us part’ was  designed by the departed designer. Despite the fact that Abloh’s body of work was often marked by his ability to grasp the trend, his legacy is defined by his insatiable curiosity and fearless desire to create.

Gigi Hadid, Hailey Bieber, and many celebrities from the entertainment industry were deeply saddened by his demise and expressed their grief on their social media handles. While paying a touching tribute to Virgil alongside their pictures, Hailey Bieber wrote, “Virgil completely changed the way I looked at street style and fashion, the way he looked at things inspired me deeply. I will never be able to fully express how grateful I am to have known him and worked with him, from walking on his runways to having him design my wedding dress and all the other amazing moments in between, I felt he was always rooting for me. He was someone who always brought life, charisma, love and fun to any situation, and every room he walked into. A once in a generation creative mind that is so rare and I’ll never forget his impact. We love you Virgil”. This is the legacy he left behind. Rest in style, Abloh.