Death of Virgil Abloh: great tributes in his honor

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Last Sunday, the artistic world and precisely that of fashion saw the death of an important, famous and talented member. Virgil Abloh who is no longer presented died at the age of 41 after having fought a hard battle against a cancer diagnosed in 2019. Very saddened, the whole world expresses its deep regret.

A rare and very aggressive cancer

Like Chadwick Boseman, the famous interpreter of Black Panther who died of cancer that he had kept in silence, Virgil Abloh dies from an illness that has not made public . The announcement of his death was therefore a general surprise and a great pain for the artistic community. The designer, fashion genius and virtuoso officiated as Artistic Director of the Louis Vuitton brand .

It was in 2019 that he was detected with cardiac angiosarcoma, a malignant tumor that originates in the vessels and affects the heart. This worrying state of health did not prevent him from continuing to carry out his duties with the various brands for which he worked.

Virgil Abloh: a great man

Abloh made his debut in the fashion world when he was 22, becoming the right-hand man and stylist of Kanye West . He was able to acquire notoriety, which boosted his career. He then worked with Fendi in Rome before founding his own clothing brand called Off-White . It thus becomes an essential name in streetwear and attracts the public. In addition, he was very close to his audience, prioritizing their satisfaction by providing them with useful advice.

Le Monde magazine recognizes him as “the first great black designer recognized on the fashion scene, committed to the affirmation of Afro-American cultures  ”. Indeed, Virgil was a great defender of this cause, knowing that he himself was born to Ghanaian parents who immigrated to America.

Tributes from major fashion houses

After the declaration of the family of the deceased, the Louis Vuitton house which was until his death his employer expressed itself through a press release. LVMH CEO Bernard Arnault speaking on behalf of Louis Vuitton said:

“  Virgil was not only a brilliant designer and a visionary, he was also a man with a beautiful soul and great wisdom. The LVMH family joins me at this moment of great sadness and we all think of those close to them on the occasion of the death of their husband, father, brother, son and friend  ”. 

The Dior house did not stay on the sidelines and expressed its deep desolation on Instagram . Among other things, she described the deceased as a “  visionary genius of our time  ”. In turn, the Gucci house declares that he is “  a huge inspiration to all of us both as a designer and as a person. He will be sorely missed, but his vision will endure through the paths he has traced throughout his career  ”. The Givenchy house paid tribute to Virgil Abloh by saluting his unique creativity and his passion for his many projects in fashion and culture. Donatella Versace, Nike, Jordan and Converse also reaffirmed that he was a creative force.

Drake’s special tribute to his friend

The Papi champagne, which will soon be in concert with Kanye West , was very affected by the death of his friend Virgil Abloh. His friendship with the deceased dates back a few years and they have also collaborated more than once. Indeed, at the request of the singer, the designer designed a private jet called Air Drake in 2020. In addition, he also designed a Philippe Patek watch, not to mention the party organized at the Brooklyn Mirage by the two men.

On his Instagram account , Drizzy posted a heartfelt message to his friend adding a lot of photos taken together. He wrote: “  My plan is to touch the sky 1000 more times for you… I love you forever my brother  ”. We feel a deep affection through this message.

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