It was a big shock for many of us, especially those who work in and around the fashion industry, when the news came out on November 28th that Virgil Abloh, the hugely talented creative polymath best known for his brand Off White, and for being the artistic director of menswear at Louis Vuitton, had passed away at the age of 41 from a rare form of cancer. May he rest in peace.
A few days on, I still feel very moved by this news, but I write about it here not because I think you need to hear it from me. No, it’s because someone clever and kind I follow on Twitter pointed me in the direction of the obituary written by Show Studio. Most other outlets had failed to mention that Abloh was the first African American man to be appointed artistic director at a French luxury fashion house. They also duly pointed out the sheer breadth of his creative talent across art, architecture and design, as well as fashion. Read it here; it’s short, factual and moving.
To read more about his life, I recommend this piece in the New Yorker.