On the evening of November 28, the luxury group LVMH (Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy) announced sad news – the 41-years-old designer Virgil Abloh, who was the creative director for Louis Vuitton and Off-White, passed away. The reason for the sudden death is a rare form of cancer, cardiac angiosarcoma.
In an obituary posted on the designer's Instagram account, it is said that he fought the disease for more than two years and worked until the last, although he underwent very difficult treatment, but preferred not to advertise his diagnosis. “Virgil was driven by his dedication to his craft and to his mission to open doors for others and create pathways for greater equality in art and design. He often said, “Everything I do is for the 17-year-old version of myself,” believing deeply in the power of art to inspire future generations,” the statement read.
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“We are all shocked after this terrible news. Virgil was not only a genius designer, a visionary, he was also a man with a beautiful soul and great wisdom,” Bernard Arnault, chairman and chief executive of LVMH, said in a statement. The world of fashion will remember Abloh not only as a visionary, because he managed to rewrite the rules of the game: he became the first African American to head a French fashion house and was able to transfer streetwear to the rank of "luxury". His main secret of success is a great desire and hard work, whether it is about cooperation with Kanye West (they say that he really wanted to work with a rap artist and did everything possible to achieve this) or about getting into the Louis Vuitton fashion house.