American Fashion Designer Virgil Abloh Is Dead
Popular American Fashion Designer, Entrepreneur and Disc Jockey Virgil Abloh was reported dead on the 28th of November 2021 being yesterday in Chicago after battling with cardiac angiosarcoma, a rare type of cancer for two years sadly leaving behind his wife, Shannon Sundberg-Abloh who he married in 2009 and his two beautiful children Grey and Lowe Abloh. After being diagnosed with cardiac angiosarcoma in 2019, he decided to battle it silently and while he was going through this, he was faced with a lot of projects regarding the world of art, fashion and culture.
He was aged 41 at the time of his death. He was born on the 30th of September, 1980 in Rockford, Illinois, United States to a family of Ghanian immigrant parents Nee and Eunice Abloh. He attended Boylan Catholic High School which he graduated from in 1998. In 2002, he bagged a degree in civil engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and in 2006, he got his Masters of Architecture from the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT).
Since a child, Virgil loved fashion designing. His mother, a seamstress taught young Virgil how to sew at a very tender age. He has a lot of notable accolades such as being the chief executive officer of Off-White, a Milan-based fashion label he established in 2012. He was Louis Vuitton’s artistic director for their menswear collection from 2018 till his death in 2021.
In 2009, Virgil interned at Fendi a popular fashion brand with popular rapper Kanye West. Virgil’s work stood out so much that he caught Michael Burke’s attention, the CEO of Louis Vuitton while co-working with Kanye West. Kanye West made him the creative director of his company Donda in 2011. In 2012, Virgil’s company Off-White came to life in Milan, Italy. It got popular in Paris and eventually expanded its reach to Tokyo, Japan, China and the United States. These are just some of the numerous things Virgil Abloh has accomplished.
His death came as a surprise to the fashion industry. He impacted the art and fashion industry so deeply and will never be forgotten. Virgil Abloh might be gone but his legacy will forever live on.
Gone But Not Forgotten.