Highlights

  • Virgil Abloh was the artistic director for Louis Vuitton's menswear
  • Abloh had no formal fashion training, had an engineering degree
  • Abloh was among Time magazine's most influential people in 2018

Latest news

21 killed as Russian missiles strike Ukraine's Odesa

21 killed as Russian missiles strike Ukraine's Odesa

Watch! Neeraj Chopra touches elderly fan's feet, earns netizen's respect

Watch! Neeraj Chopra touches elderly fan's feet, earns netizen's respect

UK PM Boris Johnson faces another scandal as deputy whip quits for 'drinking far too much'

UK PM Boris Johnson faces another scandal as deputy whip quits for 'drinking far too much'

Udaipur murder: killers used bike with '2611' as number plate

Udaipur murder: killers used bike with '2611' as number plate

The rise and fall of the Maha Vikas Aghadi

The rise and fall of the Maha Vikas Aghadi

'Renaissance man' fashion designer Virgil Abloh dies of cancer at 41

A statement from Abloh's family on the designer's Instagram account said Abloh was diagnosed two years ago with cardiac angiosarcoma, a rare form of cancer in which a tumor occurs in the heart.

Leading fashion designer Virgil Abloh, hailed as the Karl Lagerfeld of his generation, has died of cancer. He was 41 years old.

Abloh's death was announced Sunday by the luxury group LVMH and the Off-White label, the haute street wear brand Abloh founded in 2013. Abloh was the artistic director for Louis Vuitton's menswear.

A statement from Abloh's family on the designer's Instagram account said Abloh was diagnosed two years ago with cardiac angiosarcoma, a rare form of cancer in which a tumor occurs in the heart.

"He chose to endure his battle privately since his diagnosis in 2019, undergoing numerous challenging treatments, all while helming several significant institutions that span fashion, art, and culture," the statement read.

Also Read: Actor James Michael Tyler aka Gunther from 'Friends' dies at 59

In 2018, Abloh became the first Black artistic director of men's wear at Louis Vuitton in the French design house's storied history. A first generation Ghanaian American whose seamstress mother taught him to sew, Abloh had no formal fashion training but had a degree in engineering and a master's in architecture.

Abloh, who grew up in Chicago, was often referred to as a Renaissance man in the fashion world. He moonlighted as a DJ. But in a short time, he emerged as one of fashion's most heralded designers. Abloh called himself "a maker." He was named one of Time magazine's most influential people in 2018.

In 2009, Abloh met Kanye West — now called Ye — while he was working at a screen-printing store. After he and Ye interned together at the LVMH brand Fendi, Abloh was Ye's creative director. Abloh was art director for the 2011 Ye-Jay-Z album "Watch the Throne," for which Abloh was nominated for a Grammy.

Abloh's work with West served as a blueprint for future border-crossing collaborations that married high and low. With Nike, he partnered his Off-White label for a line of frenzy-inducing sneakers remixed with a variety of styles and Helvetica fonts. Abloh also designed furniture for IKEA, refillable bottles for Evian and Big Mac cartons for McDonald's. His work was exhibited at the Louvre, the Gagosian and the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago.

Up Next

'Renaissance man' fashion designer Virgil Abloh dies of cancer at 41

'Renaissance man' fashion designer Virgil Abloh dies of cancer at 41

‘Rocketry The Nambi Effect’ Twitter Review: Netizens praise R Madhavan, Suriya and Shah Rukh Khan

‘Rocketry The Nambi Effect’ Twitter Review: Netizens praise R Madhavan, Suriya and Shah Rukh Khan

Bill Gates follows Mahesh Babu on social media, shares picture of his meet with him and Namrata Shirodkar

Bill Gates follows Mahesh Babu on social media, shares picture of his meet with him and Namrata Shirodkar

'Friends' co-creator Marta Kauffman speaks on lack of diversity in the show, says she's 'embarrassed'

'Friends' co-creator Marta Kauffman speaks on lack of diversity in the show, says she's 'embarrassed'

BTS member J-Hope drops first single 'MORE' from upcoming album 'Jack In The Box'

BTS member J-Hope drops first single 'MORE' from upcoming album 'Jack In The Box'

'Rocketry: The Nambi Effect' Movie Review: R Madhavan's film is an honest attempt

'Rocketry: The Nambi Effect' Movie Review: R Madhavan's film is an honest attempt

More videos

Drugs-on-cruise case: Shah Rukh Khan's son Aryan Khan approaches court to get his passport back

Drugs-on-cruise case: Shah Rukh Khan's son Aryan Khan approaches court to get his passport back

Charu Asopa sends notice to Rajeev Sen seeking amicable divorce, says he is spreading lies about her

Charu Asopa sends notice to Rajeev Sen seeking amicable divorce, says he is spreading lies about her

Shruti Haasan opens up about battling PCOS and endometriosis through an inspirational workout video

Shruti Haasan opens up about battling PCOS and endometriosis through an inspirational workout video

Kareena Kapoor Khan's London Diaries: Actor meets cousin Riddhima Kapoor Sahni & aunt Reema Jain

Kareena Kapoor Khan's London Diaries: Actor meets cousin Riddhima Kapoor Sahni & aunt Reema Jain

'Thor: Love and Thunder:' Can Gorr, the God-butcher be the most powerful villain of MCU?

'Thor: Love and Thunder:' Can Gorr, the God-butcher be the most powerful villain of MCU?

Dakota Johnson denies feud rumours with 'Fifty Shades of Grey' co-star Jamie Dornan, calls him 'brother'

Dakota Johnson denies feud rumours with 'Fifty Shades of Grey' co-star Jamie Dornan, calls him 'brother'

'Ek Villain Returns': Arjun Kapoor, Tara Sutaria, John Abraham, Disha Patani show 'heroes don't exist'

'Ek Villain Returns': Arjun Kapoor, Tara Sutaria, John Abraham, Disha Patani show 'heroes don't exist'

Singer R Kelly sentenced to 30 years in prison for sexual abuse charges and racketeering

Singer R Kelly sentenced to 30 years in prison for sexual abuse charges and racketeering

'Paani Paani:' One song ; one year; one billion digital views and streams

'Paani Paani:' One song ; one year; one billion digital views and streams

‘Liger’ team wishes boxing legend Mike Tyson on his birthday

‘Liger’ team wishes boxing legend Mike Tyson on his birthday

Editorji Technologies Pvt. Ltd. © 2022 All Rights Reserved.